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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 78

    A BRONZE FIGURAL LAMP DEPICTING ANTINUOUS

    PERHAPS 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE FIGURAL LAMP DEPICTING ANTINUOUS
    Perhaps 19th Century
    Modelled as a standing Egyptian figure supporting a tablet upon open hands, a later associated candle socket and glass storm shade surmounting the head on an ebonised rectangular plinth
    24½ in. (62 cm.) high


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    This lamp derives from the famous ancient sculpture of the Emperor Hadrian's favourite companion, Antinuous, which had been rediscovered at Hadrian's villa in 1740. Antinuous had drowned in the river Nile and was posthumously celebrated as a demi-god, by the Emperor, who was famously fascinated with Egypt.

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