Antiquities from the collection of a renowned London dealer have sold at auction for over £100,000.
The 26 lots from the collection of Ingrid McAlpine included a number of South Italian skyphoi decorated with owls from the 4th century BC and a number of Roman and Hellenistic limestone and marble fragments. The star lot was a Roman marble bust of a lady with an arm folded across her chest (lot 1974), which sold for £40,000 (including buyer’s premium), while a marble head of a youth (lot 1975) from the 2nd century AD made £13,750.
Ingrid McAlpine started her professional working life as a political linguist, working in Brussels for the Common Market in the 1960s. A spell working as an international fashion buyer was then followed by a time working for a furniture dealership in London. It was there in 1972 that she and her later husband, Bruce McAlpine, set up their eponymous gallery dealing in antiquities and ancient art. From 1977 the business occupied imposing premises opposite Claridge’s in Mayfair, where clients could later go to discuss purchases made.
The collection was part of a larger section of antiquities and ancient art being sold at Woolley and Wallis Salerooms in Salisbury on Thursday 19th September.