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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN BRONZE MODELS OF THE FURIETTI CENTAURS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN BRONZE MODELS OF THE FURIETTI CENTAURS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each set on a reeded base with Latin inscriptions
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) and 12½ in. (32 cm.) high (2)


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    The 1st Century bronze originals of this pair of centaurs, which were themselves copies of a 2nd Century B.C. Hellenistic pair, were found together at Hadrian's villa in Tivoli by Monsignor Giuseppe Alessandro Furietti in 1736. After his death they were sold by the family and have been in the Capitoline Museums since.

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