Lot 1004

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standing in contrapposto with his weight on his left leg, his right leg slightly advanced, with both arms lowered, with serpentine tendrils falling onto his shoulders, preserving a tree trunk support along the left thigh, Addison Gallery label under base


  • The Collection of Lord Barrymore,*
    Mathias Komor, receipt dated Jan. 22, 1951, no. O 387, described as White marble male
    torso, Hellenistic, about 300 B.C.,
    Private Maryland and Massachusetts Estate Collection

    *Likely refers to Arthur Hugh Smith Barry, 1st Baron Barrymore (1843-1925). He was the great-grandson of James Hugh Smith Barry, Belmont and Marbury Hall, Cheshire, England (1748/49-1801), who had amassed a large and important collection of art and antiquities. The collection passed by descent, and remained intact until 1932, when Lord Barrymore's nephew Robert Raymond Smith Barry (1886-1949) sold Marbury Hall. While some pieces remained in the family, parts of the collection were offered in sales in 1933 and 1946 (Sotheby & Co., London) and later in 1987 (Christie's London).

    According to Adolf Michaelis, 'Ancient Marbles in Great Britain,' 1882, discussing the ancient
    sculptures recorded at Marbury Hall, p. 501, "others are secluded in other rooms, to which I
    had not access."

    According to 'Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Part
    Two,' pp. 336-337, "Despite the fairly complete account previously given (of ancient sculpture at Marbury Hall), a number of Smith-Barry sculptures have remained unaccounted for. A rare small auction catalogue gives a partial view. On 15,16 March 1933, Messrs. Arber, Rutter, Waghorn & Brown (Lionel Brown of 1 Mount Street) sold the remaining contents of the Residence.

    Note: catalogue not available nor was torso found in the Sotheby's or Christie's catalogues mentioned above.
  • Dimensions:
  • 21 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5 in. (54.6 x 21.6 x 12.7 cm.) above a stepped wooden base
  • Exhibited:

  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1951
    Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, Oct. 1951-1952
  • Literature:

  • "One Man's History of Art," Life Magazine, June 4, 1951, pp. 67-68

    This item has been sent through The Art Loss Register and has No Match status
  • Condition:
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