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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 81

    A NORTH EUROPEAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE BORGHESE WARRIOR

    18TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    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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    with William Agnew & Company Ltd.