4 June 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 5,000
A NORTH EUROPEAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE BORGHESE WARRIOR
18th Century, After the Antique
The full length athletic figure with his left hand outstretched formerly holding a scabbard and his right hand formerly holding a shield, his feet supported on a rectangular plinth, the underside with the remnants of a paper label inscribed in ink
11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high
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This is perhaps the most celebrated sculpture of all antiquity. The original Borghese Gladiator was recorded in 1611 having been discovered in Nettuno and was taken to Cardinal Borghese's Estate. In 1807 it was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte and by 1811 it was in Paris and is presently in the Louvre.
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