February 1st, 2017

“The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’S

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“The Middle Class Goes to Heaven” at CHEWDAY’S
AN EGYPTIAN PORPHYRITIC DIORITE JAR Early Dynastic, Dynasty I, c. 2900 BC 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diam. across handles Of squat form, with low flattened circular rim and unpierced lug handles The fact that the lug handles on this jar are unpierced suggests that this example could either be unfinished or solely funerary and not intended for daily use. From humble beginnings, Belgian-born Baron Edouard Louis Joseph Empain went on to become a wealthy financier and industrialist, whose companies developed several railway lines in France, including the Paris Métro. Empain was beguiled by Egypt and its culture and became involved in archaeological digs in collaboration with the Musées royaux d’art et histoire in Brussels. Perhaps most famously, he set about building the extraordinary Palais Hindou or Baron Empain Palace in the Avenue des Palais in Heliopolis, which took its inspiration from the Hindu temples in Orissa in India and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Provenance: Baron Empain collection (1852-1929), France. Christie’s, London, Antiquities Including Property from the Baron Edouard Jean Empain Collection, Thursday 14 April 2011, lot 7; Private Collection, London. Accompanied by a French passport.