• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 446

    A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF THE BORGHESE GLADIATOR

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE OF THE BORGHESE GLADIATOR
    First half 19th century, after the Antique
    Mounted on a rectangular black marble base
    50 cm. high overall


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    The marble original, now in the Louvre, is first recorded on 11 June 1611, at which time it was being restored following its excavation at Nettuno, near Anzio. By 1613, it was definitely in the Borghese collection, where it remained until it was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807. It was to become one of the most admired of all antique statues, and was much copied, often - as here - in reduced form either with, or without, the figure's sword and shield restored (Haskell and Penny, loc. cit.).

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique - The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven and London, 1981, pp. 221-4, no. 43, fig. 115.