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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 99

    A CARVED IVORY FIGURE OF THE APOLLINO

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY

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    A CARVED IVORY FIGURE OF THE APOLLINO
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY
    Depicted standing in contrapposto leaning against a tree trunk and with his right hand above his head; on an integrally carved base; minor shrinkage cracks
    7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high


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    The antique original of the Apollino on which the present ivory is based, is recorded with certainty in the Villa Medici, Rome, in 1704. As with a large number of antiquities acquired by the Medici in Rome, this marble was later transferred to Florence in circa 1769 and by 1770 was placed in the Tribuna at the Uffizi. Like the Wrestlers, the marble was moved to Palermo in 1800 to escape being looted by the occupying French. It was restored to Florence in 1803. In 1806, Denon commented that the figure was a masterpiece of antique sculpture and a much needed addition for the Musée Napoléon.

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    Literature

    F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique - The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven and London, 1981, pp. 146-7, no. 7.