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A collection of Late Roman bottles with provenance from Oscar prize winner and other antiquities at the online Hermann Historica auction


The Hermann Historica upcoming online auction to be held from 21 to 25 June 2021 will feature exceptional antiquities with provenance from important European collections. Among the highlights is a large sandstone Chinese Guanyin sculpture, a set of 21 Late Roman and Early Byzantine Glass Vessels from the collection of the film producer and Oscar prize winner Arthur Cohn, an early Achaemenid bowl (5th century B.C.), and other collectibles.

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A large Chinese Guanyin sculpture
A large Chinese Guanyin sculpture.
Sandstone. Dimensions 108 x 80 x 45 cm.
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Beautiful Chinese Guanyin sculpture (starting price € 24'000). The head adorned by a rich diadem. Sunken expression due to lowered gaze. Holding a vase in front of the belly. The back with tap hole. Sandstone. Intact.

Note:

  • Condition: II +

Provenance:

  • South German private collection.
Collection 21 Late Roman and Early Byzantine Glass Vessels, Eastern Mediterranean Region
Collection 21 Late Roman and Early Byzantine Glass Vessels, Eastern Mediterranean Region
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Impressive collection of 21 antique glass bottles – Late Roman and Early Byzantine Glass Vessels, Eastern Mediterranean Region (starting price € 15’000). Two square two-handled bottles of transparent glass. Height 11 cm each. Eight square single-handled bottles with funnel-shaped opening made of transparent glass. Height 11 - 12 cm. Square single-handled bottle with a trefoil mouth. Height 14 cm. Square single-handled bottle of brownish tinted glass with funnel-shaped opening. Height 12 cm. Hexagonal bottle with handle of brownish glass. Height 13,5 cm. Four hexagonal bottles of colourless glass, two with trefoil mouth, two with funnel-shaped opening. Height 12 - 14,5 cm. Two small hexagonal bottles with trefoil mouth made of black glass. Height 11 cm. Three large hexagonal bottles of transparent glass and each with a funnel-shaped mouth. Height 18 - 20 cm. Partly with slight traces of sintering. The bellies mould-blown. The sides usually with geometric motifs such as lattice fields or leaf vein motifs. All intact. Exceptional, museum-quality ensemble.

Note:

  • Condition: II

Provenance:

  • From the collection of the film producer and Oscar prize winner Arthur Cohn.
An early Achaemenid bowl, 5th century B.C.
An early Achaemenid bowl, 5th century B.C.
Diameter 13.5 cm. Height 7 cm. Weight 397 g.
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An early Achaemenid bowl, 5th century B.C. (starting price € 12’000). High quality silver bowl. The lower half of the outer wall with three rows of nub decoration. In this area the base with remnants of gilding. Above this, fine Aramaic hallmark inscription all around the stepped neck. Slight denting on the underside. Two short cracks (approx. 1.5 cm) in the area of the neck. Very beautiful example of Achaemenid silversmithing and table culture! Diameter 13.5 cm. Height 7 cm. Weight 397 g.

Note:

  • Condition: II -

Provenance:

  • Private collection in Rhineland-Palantine, passed on from the father.
A fossilised young dinosaur
A fossilised young dinosaur
Length approx. 50 cm.
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A fossilised young dinosaur (starting price € 6’400). The skeleton virtually complete and presented in detail, including the head. The dinosaurs were the group of terrestrial vertebrates that dominated the mainland ecosystems during the Mesozoic era from the Upper Triassic approximately 235 million years ago up to the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event approximately 65 million years ago.

Note:

  • Condition: II

Provenance:

  • Old private collection. Found in China.
A North European Romanesque pewter candle holder, 11th/12th century
A North European Romanesque pewter candle holder, 11th/12th century
Height 13 cm.
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Pricket North European Romanesque pewter candle holder, 11th/12th century (starting price € 5’800), on three feet made from a heavily leaded pewter alloy. The base composed of three sitting warrior figures with Norman/Anglo-Saxon full-length mail shirts, nasal helmets and aventails. Two figures with raised swords, the third one with an axe. Surmounting the group of figures a woman leading a pinioned captive, holding a bird in her right hand. The third figure is a man with a sword, blowing a hunting horn. Slightly curved drip pan with blossom-shaped decorations and remnants of the iron pricket.

Candle holders of this type are proven by numerous finds in the Netherlands, England, North Germany and the whole Baltic Sea region, the production centres as yet unknown. Another candle holder with a similar arrangement of groups of figures is part of the collection at the Rijnsburg Cloister in South Holland.

The matching piece to this find was sold at auction at Hermann Historica (auction 65, lot 551), for 12,000 Euros.

Note:

  • Condition: II -

Provenance:

  • Earth find in the historic city centre of Bruges in 1977, since 1982 in the consignor's family.
A Cambodian Khmer palace column, 11th century
A Cambodian Khmer palace column, 11th century
Length 155 cm, diameter 27 cm.
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Impressive stone Cambodian Khmer palace column, 11th century (starting price € 5’000) with multiple profiles and ornamental decoration in typical Khmer style. Grey rock without additions.

Note:

  • Condition: II –
  • Bottom with stone pegs.

Provenance:

  • South German private collection.
A set of Scythian horse fittings, bronze, 6th - 5th century B.C.
A set of Scythian horse fittings, bronze, 6th - 5th century B.C.
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A 26-piece set of nomadic Scythian horse bronze fittings, 6th - 5th century B.C. (starting price € 3’500). Among them several pairs of bronze appliqués in the Scythian animal style, including stylised birds and beasts of prey; one appliqué with a three-dimensional head of a predatory cat. Three round fittings covered with hallmarked silver plate. Rare! Three Scythian bronze arrowheads included.

Note:

  • Condition: II-

Provenance:

  • From an old south German private collection.
A Pre-Romanesque bronze sculpture of a lion, 10th – 11th century
A Pre-Romanesque bronze sculpture of a lion, 10th – 11th century
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A Pre-Romanesque bronze sculpture of a lion, 10th – 11th century (starting price € 2’000). Solid bronze statue. One of several feet belonging to a large vessel. The lion with erect upright legs, the outsides of which are fully sculptured. The inner surfaces straight and smooth. Notches on the ends of the feet indicating the claws. The face exaggeratedly stylised, with protruding outlined eyes and eyebrows like spectacles. The closely flowing mane represented by wide grooves in the surface, the hair falling in well-arranged groups of locks. The triangular-shaped ears denoted within the mane, likewise not fully sculptured. A broad indentation on the lion's back, with two precisely right-angled recesses at the side to accommodate a custom-fit lug on the base of the supported vessel.

Note:

  • Condition: II–

Provenance:

  • Private Austrian collection, acquired from the stock of an Austrian art dealer during the 1990s.
A Hallstatt Era necklace, Hunsrück-Eifel culture, 7th-6th century B.C.
A Hallstatt Era necklace, Hunsrück-Eifel culture, 7th-6th century B.C.
Circumference approx. 48 cm.
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A Hallstatt Era necklace, Hunsrück-Eifel culture, 7th-6th century B.C. (starting price € 750). Exceptional bronze necklace (modern threading). Fine spiral wire at the neck, round-oval beads at the front, in between four-pointed star beads and disc pendants. Bronze.

Note:

  • Modern threading.
  • Condition: II

Provenance:

  • Private collection from Rhineland-Palatine.
Early Slavic disc fibula, Kiev Culture, 4th century Starting
Early Slavic disc fibula, Kiev Culture, 4th century Starting
Diam. 5 cm.
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Early Slavic disc fibula, Kiev Culture, 4th century (starting price € 160). Openworked, round disc brooch. Bronze with dark green patina. Pin lost, otherwise intact.

Note:

  • Condition: II-

Provenance:

  • From a private collection in South Germany. Acquired on the art market and from German private collections in the 1970s and 1980s.

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