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Post by abstract toad on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:54 pm

Not sure I am in the right forum for this, but will give it a go regardless and hopefully someone out there can advise as to when this may date to & where it comes from.


This piece belongs to a lovely old lady that volunteers (alongside myself) in a local charity shop.
She cannot remember when or where her (deceased) husband bought it. They travelled extensively when younger and spent many years overseas in different places. I cannot tell her anything about it at all, other than the fact that I agree with her regarding its age, it does feel & look very old.
My partner believes it to be Greek.
It is very heavy, possibly marble, but from little I know I do not think it is, it is not that cool to touch, which I believe marble should be.
Anything anyone can offer regarding when & where it may have been made will be very welcome. Many thanks.

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Post by abstract toad on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:56 pm

Some images of the base & the script to the display side.

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Post by NaomiM on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:40 pm

Best guess is marble or onyx and Ancient Greek alphabet, but it looks a bit too clean to be ancient. Maybe from the Grand Tour?

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Post by NaomiM on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:41 pm

If you’re on Facebook you could try asking on the Ancient Arts group

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Post by abstract toad on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:09 pm

Thank you Naomi, that's grand Laughter , I know, that was poor.

I've emailed some auction houses to get as many opinions as possible, so will see what comes of that.
Difficult to be accurate, as people really need to see it in the flesh, like with anything really.


No facebook for me, I am definitely not joining it, but thank you for the heads up & your thoughts, really appreciated.
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Post by dantheman on Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:24 pm

why put it on facebook? There's no face!

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Post by abstract toad on Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:21 am

Doh! Oh Dan Laughter
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Post by dantheman on Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:17 pm

I'm here all week

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Post by tenpot on Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:28 pm

could be alabaster
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Post by ppcollectables on Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:09 am

I thought alabaster too.
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Post by abstract toad on Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:11 pm

Just to update, the lady in question has since had this examined by various experts and the conclusion is that it dates 400 bc.
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Post by NaomiM on Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:55 pm

Nice! Most Excellent

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