The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 24, 2014


The Crosby Garrett Helmet, Found by a Metal Detectorist, Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's
The Crosby Garrett Helmet was sold for $3,629,469) at Christie's Antiquities auction in London. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010.
LONDON.- The Crosby Garrett Helmet sold today at the auction of Antiquities at Christie’s South Kensington for £2,281,250 / $3,629,469 / €2,593,781 (estimate: £200,000 to £300,000). An exceptional survival from Roman Britain, the helmet was discovered by a metal detectorist in Cumbria in May 2010 and dates from the late 1st-2nd Century A.D. It was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder.

Georgiana Aitken, Head of Antiquities at Christie’s, London: “When the helmet was first brought to Christie’s and I saw it first hand, I could scarcely believe my eyes. This is an exceptional object – an extraordinary and haunting face from the past – and it has captured the imagination and the enthusiasm of everyone who has come to Christie’s to admire it over the past few weeks. The universal appeal of the helmet saw it draw interest from a diverse group of bidders at today’s auction – collectors of antiquities competed with those who have more often bought in other fields including modern art and old master paintings. In all 6 bidders fought for the helmet; 3 by telephone, 2 in the room and one via the internet from California. It was sold for £2.3 million to an anonymous client bidding by phone.”

With its enigmatic features, the Crosby-Garrett Helmet is an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith. It is one of only three Roman Cavalry Parade helmets that have been discovered in Britain complete with face-masks, the others being the Ribchester Helmet, found in 1796 and now in the British Museum, and the Newstead Helmet, in the Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh, found circa 1905.

The Crosby Garrett Helmet sets itself apart by virtue of its beauty, workmanship and completeness, particularly the face-mask, which was found virtually intact. In addition, the remarkable Phrygian-style peak surmounted by its elaborate bronze griffin crest appears unprecedented.

These helmets were not for combative use, but worn for hippika gymnasia (cavalry sports events). The polished white-metal surface of the Crosby Garrett face-mask would have provided a striking contrast to the original golden-bronze colour of the hair and Phrygian cap. In addition, colourful streamers may have been attached to the rings along the back ridge and on the griffin crest. Arrian of Nicomedia, a Roman provincial governor under Hadrian, provides us with the only surviving contemporary source of information on cavalry sports events. He describes, in an appendix to his Ars Tactica, how the cavalrymen were divided into two teams which took turns to attack and defend. He suggests that the wearing of these helmets was a mark of rank or excellence in horsemanship. Participants would also carry a light, elaborately painted shield, and wear an embroidered tunic and possibly thigh-guards and greaves, all of which would contribute to the impressive spectacle.

These events may well have accompanied religious festivals celebrated by the Roman army and were probably also put on for the benefit of visiting officials. The displays would also have been intended to demonstrate the outstanding equestrian skill and marksmanship of the Roman soldier and the wealth of the great empire he represented.

Christie's | Georgiana Aitken | The Crosby Garrett Helmet |


Today's News

October 8, 2010

The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Painting from the Stadel Museum at the Guggenheim

Major Exhibition of the Work of Anselm Kiefer at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE to Receive the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

Leading Figure of American Pop Art, Tom Wesselmann, at Haunch of Venison in London

LACMA Welcomes Nearly 40,000 to Celebrate Opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion

The Hand of God? Strange Phenomenon at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery

Exceptional Southeast Asian Modern & Contemporary Art to Captivate Collectors this Fall

Baseball Legend, Yogi Berra, Adds Space to His Museum and Learning Center

London's Savoy Hotel, the "Palace by the Thames", to Reopen after $350 Million Facelift

Brooklyn-Based Artist Fred Tomaselli Has Solo Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

The Crosby Garrett Helmet, Found by a Metal Detectorist, Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's

Important Works by Andy Warhol from the Shapazian Collection Go to the Huntington

Two Outstanding Beach Scenes by Sorolla are the Highlights of Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale

Swedish Museum Unaware of Theft of Munch Painting

Christie's Announces Sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Autumn 2010

Controversial Artwork won't Be Returned to Display

Turning a New Leaf, Jerry Hall to Shed Her Art Collection Next Week at Sotheby's

15th Art Forum Berlin Opens the Autumn Season of the European Art Shows

$250,000 First-Place Prize Goes to Grand Rapids , Michigan Artist Chris LaPorte

First NYC Museum Exhibition on the Tradition of Spanish Draftsmanship Opens at the Frick Collection

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris Exhibition by Larry Clark Barred to Minors

European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period

Qing Dynasty Vase Smashes World Record in Glowing China Art Sales at Sotheby's

Tracey Emin Work to Be Auctioned during Frieze in Aid of Margates Turner Contemporary

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Claims Painting is by Rembrandt Not His Pupil

First Major United Kingdom Exhibition by Swedish Artist Klara Lidén at Serpentine Gallery

Major Exhibition Explores the Mastery of Moshe Safdie and a Lifetime of Architectural Achievements

MoMA Appoints Laura Hoptman as Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture

Gold and Gem Encrusted Tiger Head from Throne of Tipu Sultan Sells for £434,400 at Bonhams

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

Related Stories



Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Christie's New York wraps 2012 with over $163 million in jewelry auction sales

Christie's sale of masterpieces formerly in the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi realises $31.9 M

Christie's presents a week-long series of auctions devoted to magnificent jewels, watches, wine and design

Christie's Launches Spring 2011 Season of Post-War and Contemporary Art with First Open

Most Important Peploe Ever to Come to Auction Leads Scottish Colourist Paintings at Christie's

Extravagant Official Publishing Entreprise Leads Christie's Auction of Books and Manuscripts

Christie's Celebrates American Artistry and Craftsmanship with Exceptional Offerings

Christie's International Leads the Market for Watches in Europe, Asia, and the America's

Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Works Shine at Christie's New York



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site