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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1045159: Magnificent Pair Of Early C19th Italian ‘grand Tour’ Souvenir Carved White Statuary Marble Lions After Antonio Canova .

Magnificent Pair Of Early C19th Italian ‘grand Tour’ Souvenir Carved White Statuary Marble Lions After Antonio Canova .

£4,200    $5,399    €4,848
Magnificent pair of early C19th Italian ‘Grand Tour’ souvenir carved white statuary marble lions after Antonio Canova .
 
Finely carved pair of marble lions being reductions of the iconic Antonio Canova (1757-1822) originals sculpted for the monumental tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St.Peter’s Basilica , Vatican City , Rome , Italy in 1792 .
 
The originals were carved by Canova in travertine marble , whilst copies and reductions were carved from various stone and marble in the workshops of Rome during the nineteenth century , for sale as souvenirs to wealthy ‘Grand Tourists’ visiting the Eternal City .
 
Mounted on later sympathetic figured green marble substantial plinth block bases , the lions are each depicted lying as guardians , one sleeping , the other vigilant ; a detail said to reflect the late Pope’s qualities of moderation and vigilance respectively .
 
Skilfully and boldly carved with exceptional attention to detail to the manes and faces , being accurate representations of the originals . In excellent original condition , the well-chosen pure white statuary marble of the sculptures contrasting beautifully with the selected green marble of the plinths .
 
Examples can be found in the finest noble seats and country-house collections of the world , in particular a large pair of carved marble Canova lions can be seen in the sculpture gallery of Chatsworth House , Derbyshire , England .
 
* a pair of lions of similar scale sold Christie’s, London 29/1/2019 Sale No. 17300 Lot no.231 £7750
 
H (full) 8”
 
H (lions) 6.5”
 
W 10”
 
D 4”
 
Italy c.1840Established in the Cathedral City of Worcester for over 40 years ,M.Lees&Sons , run by Michael Lees ,have been dealing with public and trade from show-rooms in an early Georgian town-house. We aim to provide a straight-forward approach to our business and build lasting relationships with our customers. As members of the 'London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association' , we provide full descriptive...
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