Bronze sculpture of Hellenistic rider found in London home for sale at Bonhams

LONDON.- Bonhams next sale of Antiquities on April 25th in New Bond Street features an important piece of Classical bronze sculpture, believed to depict a Hellenistic warrior of the 1st Century B.C., discovered in a London home. After conservation it will be sold for £50,000 to £80,000. Madeleine Perridge, Head of Antiquities at Bonhams, says: “Once in a while you come across something special and despite the condition this piece was in, its power and significance was unmistakable. When we stumbled across this bronze torso it was in a very fragile and fragmentary state in a London home. But there was no mistaking its importance as one of a relatively small group of surviving life-size Classical bronzes. ” Relatively few bronze cuirassed busts such as this have survived, even in fragmentary condition. The posture of this torso suggests that the figure was originally mounted on horseback, with the right arm raised to b