This beautiful Cycadic figure of a reclining female was once owned by Ali and Hicham Aboutaam, the co-owners of Phoenix Ancient Art, One of only twelve known by an artist called the “Schuster Master,” named for a collector who owned this idol, it is the only complete work by the artist that has survived. Now owned by a private collector, it is going on the auction block at Christie’s New York on 9 December, where it is estimated to bring $3 million to $5 million. The price paid could be a new auction record for a Cycladic figure.
In a recent article by Simon Hewitt titled “Defining Chic” in Art & Auction Magazine, Mr. Hewitt gave a detailed overview of the Biennale des Antiquaries that took place at the Grand Palais in Paris from September 15-22. This year’s event pared down the number of exhibitors from 94 to 87, and included 13 new exhbiitors.
He described the broad mix of material at the fair: “The Biennale is nothing if not eclectic. Highlights range from a 3rd- to 2nd-century B.C. Hellenistic bronze equestrian figure of Alexander the Great at Phoenix Ancient Art, of Geneva and New York, to “Renaissance of Yiddish Culture,” a show of Kiev-based artists at the booth of the Paris and Tel Aviv gallery Le Minotaure.”