July 14, 2022 10:00 EST

The Gilded Age

 
  Lot 8
 
Lot 8 - An Ancient Greek Terracotta Figurine of a Comic Actor

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An Ancient Greek Terracotta Figurine of a Comic Actor
Attica, c. 350 B.C.

Labeled to the reverse, 'LAWRENCE COLL./LOT 426. SOTHEBY./APR. 1892. P. 816.'; mounted on a wood stand.

H: 6 in.

Provenance

The collection of Edwin Henry Lawrence (per label).
Sotheby's, London, April 25-27, 1892, lot 426, part lot. (per label).
The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

Sold for $1,008
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000


 

Labeled to the reverse, 'LAWRENCE COLL./LOT 426. SOTHEBY./APR. 1892. P. 816.'; mounted on a wood stand.

Provenance

The collection of Edwin Henry Lawrence (per label).
Sotheby's, London, April 25-27, 1892, lot 426, part lot. (per label).
The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

Note

For a similar example, see The British Museum, London accession number, 1880,1113.3.

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