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Lot 28

To Be Sold with No Reserve An Egyptian greywacke cosmetic palette in the form of a bird or...

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Lot 28

To Be Sold with No Reserve
An Egyptian greywacke cosmetic palette in the form of a bird or...

Starting Bid: £240

Estimate: £600 - £800

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To Be Sold with No Reserve

An Egyptian greywacke cosmetic palette in the form of a bird or stylised Nile boat,

Predynastic Period, 4400-3100 B.C., Egypt, with modern cartouches added later,

a loop for suspension on one end, a further loop for suspension in the middle of the straight edge, one side of the palette inscribed later with two cartouches bearing the nomen and pre-nomen of Ramses II, the palette Predynastic, the cartouches modern, 7.5 cm high x 19cm diam.

Provenance: Previously in the Private Collection of Herbert Warner (1851-1928), Les Roissignols, Hyeres, Côte d’Azur most likely acquired during his time in Egypt in 1890-1891 (based on his diary written while in Egypt which mentions his purchases of various objects during his stay). Thence by descent to his daughter Constance Marion Mansfield Clarke (1884-1964), Les Roissignols, Hyeres, Côte d’Azur. Thence by descent to her sister, and Herbert Warner’s second eldest child, Hildegard (1885-1976), Cambridge, UK, possibly from 1913, until 1976. Thence by descent to her son, Edward Herbert Vyvyan Syfret (1918-2008), 1977-2008 where it was always on display at 1 Park Parade, Cambridge, UK. Thence by descent to his wife, Anne Syfret (1927-2022), Great Abington, Cambridge, UK from 2008-2022. Thence by descent to Nicholas Syfret (b. 1954) in 2022. Sold at: The Fine Sale, Cheffins, 22.03.23, Lot 548. 

 

In excellent condition, complete but repaired. A singular break runs on the right proper side from top to bottom which has been professionally repaired and consolidated

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The hieroglyphic inscriptions on the palette are arranged in two oval shaped cartouches. The first cartouche contains the nomen of Ramses II, which translates to User-maat-Re Setep-en-Re (Mighty of Maat is Re, or Mighty One of the Maat of Re, Chosen One of Re.) The second cartouche contains the prenomen of Ramses II, which translates to Mi-Amun or Mer-Amun Rameses ("Beloved of Amun Rameses").

Herbert Warner (1851-1928) was born in Takeley, Essex on 8th July 1851. He was a wealthy industrialist based around Sheffield, with a home at Les Roissignols, Hyeres, Côte d’Azur. Warner may have made several trips to Egypt, but he recorded his 1890-1891 travels in a detailed diary. This describes his excursions, first to Alexandria and Cairo, and then down the Nile to Thebes. He visited key archaeological sites, including the pyramids, tombs, and temples at Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Elephantine, and Saqqara. He acquired objects from these sites and from antiquities merchants, which he brought back to Les Roissignols. At the time of his death in 1928, his estate was valued at £90,000.

After Herbert Warner’s death, his third daughter Marjorie lived in the house at Les Roissignols. Herbert Warner’s eldest daughter, Constance Marion Mansfield Clarke (1884-1964) also returned to Les Roissignols after the death of her husband. Of Herbert’s three sons, one was killed at the start of World War One, and the other two emigrated to Australia. Hildegarde (1885-1976), the second eldest daughter, married Admiral Sir Edward Neville Syfret (1889-1972) in 1913 and moved to England. After Constance died, having had no children of her own, Marjorie remained at Les Roissignols alone until she moved to Grange Road, Cambridge near the end of her life. Although Marjorie was the third eldest daughter, it is possible some items were bequeathed to her, and brought back to England at this time, to later be passed down to her nephew, Edward Herbert Vyvyan Syfret (1918-2008). 

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