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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 484

    A CHARLES X BRONZE GROUP OF ANDROCLES AND THE LION

    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A CHARLES X BRONZE GROUP OF ANDROCLES AND THE LION
    CIRCA 1820
    The group mounted on a rectangular Siena marble pedestal with foliate bronze plinth
    14.5 cm. high; 21 cm. high overall


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    Androcles and the lion is one of the 300 odd fables that were collected by Easop, and date from the 6th century BC.
    Androcles was an escaped slave who sought refuge in a cave. After a while a lion entered the cave. Instead of attacking Androcles the lion offered him his swolen paw into which a thorn was embedded. Androcles pulled out the thorn and became friends with the lion living together in the cave. After a while the slave returned to society and was quickly recognised. As punishment he was thrown to the lions, among which the lion from the cave. The present lot shows the two at this moment when the lion recognises Androcles. Both were after set free for this astonishing show of loyalty.

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