Greek Tarentine female protome with exceptional provenanceG138
A moulded pottery protome depicting a female veiled head wearing long earrings and a garland in her hair, her right hand is raised and holds a leaf-shaped fan. Traces of white and red painted decoration can be seen on the surface.
Greek, Tarentine colonies in Italy, late 4th Century BC
19.8 x 20 cms
Repaired from four pieces with minor losses as seen in the photographs
Ex. estate of Dr. Bernard, Orleans, France; formerly inherited from Alice Hemmerdinger in 1949.
Ex. estate of the archaeologist Louis Capitan (1854-1929), by auction 14th December 1929.
With the dealers Graat et Madoulé, Paris, in 1899.
Ex. collection: the archaeologist Théodore Vacquer (1824-1899).
Ex. collection: the antiquarian and art collector Baron Brunet-Denon (via the important auction of the Baron’s collections in February 1846). Brunet-Denon was the nephew Baron Dominique Vivant Denon, Napoleon’s archaeological advisor and the first director of The Louvre Museum.
Various 19th and 20th Century paper labels on both sides of the protome recording the succession of provenance.
For a comparable protomes probably from the same workshop, sold by Christies in 2010 and 2011, please see: