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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 107

    A BRONZE GROUP OF THE FARNESE BULL

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY MICHELE AMODIO, NAPLES, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE GROUP OF THE FARNESE BULL
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY MICHELE AMODIO, NAPLES, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    On a square bronze base decorated in relief with scrolling foliage and inscribed to the edge M. Amodio. Napoli
    46¼ in. (117.5 cm.) high


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    The bronze group offered here is a reduced copy of the colossal Farnese Bull, today in the Museo Nazionale, Naples. Also known as the Fable of Dirce, the group was excavated in the Baths of Caracalla in 1545 and was moved to the Palazzo Farnese immediately after. In the 1550s the group was restored at the suggestion of Michelangelo and placed in the palace courtyard to serve as a fountain. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the group was praised enthusiastically by the most sophisticated connoisseurs, including Louis XIV who tried unsuccessfully to purchase it in 1662. Of continued popularity, bronze reductions were produced through to the 19th century and the present lot is a particularly well-cast example.

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