• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 833

    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF CUPID SEATED

    AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA, 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED MARBLE FIGURE OF CUPID SEATED
    AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA, 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted playing a lyre; on an integrally carved naturalistic marble base; the lyre later; restorations
    19¼ in. (48.8 cm.) high; 22½ in. (57.2 cm.) long


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    In 1815, the Scottish patron, John Campbell - later Lord Cawdor - commissioned from Canova a marble group depicting a reclining Naiad listening to music played by Cupid at her feet. Eventually acquired by the Prince Regent, the group is today in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. The present marble precisely follows the Cupid in that group.

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