£120k for a 2,000 year-old Greek wreath

A delicate wreath made of fine gold oak leaves with acorns, of the type worn by Alexander the Great's father, Philip II of Macedon, will be one of the highlights of Bonhams sale of Antiquities on April 28 in London.

This stunning artefact, estimated at £100,000-120,000, may once have graced the head of a ruler or dignitary over 2,000 years ago.

"The fact that this delicate collection of fine gold leaves and acorns formed into a wreath has survived the centuries is almost miraculous," said Madeleine Perridge, Antiquities Specialist at Bonhams.


The wreath is estimated at £100,000-120,000

Previously in a private collection since the 1930s, "it is a beautiful example of a type that is rare to the market."

The sale also boasts a private English Collection of finely-painted Greek vases of exceptional condition. Previously exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, they are painted by leading artists from Classical Athens.

Watch this space for forthcoming news on the sale.

 

 

Image: Bonhams


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