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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 529

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A MAN 'MUCIUS SCAEVOLA'

    CAST BY GLADENBECK & SOHN FROM THE MODEL BY WILHELM KUMM (GERMAN, 1861-?)

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A MAN 'MUCIUS SCAEVOLA'
    CAST BY GLADENBECK & SOHN FROM THE MODEL BY WILHELM KUMM (GERMAN, 1861-?)
    The naturalistic base signed W. KUMM and with foundry inscription AKTIEN GESELLSCHAFT vorm. GLADENBECK u SOHN, the brazier lacking
    105 cm. high


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    Gaius Mucius was a Roman soldier who had killed King Porsena's secretary instead of the King himself, after penetration of lines. When he was taken prisoner, he amazed King Porsena by trusting his right hand in the altar flames. King Porsena, struck by this act of bravery, set the Roman hero free, who henceforth was called Scaevola, meaning left handed.

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