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    Sale 5412

    The Sunday Sale : The Langford Hall Collection, Nottinghamshire - Property of the late Mr & Mrs Patrick Radford

    6 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 231

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GRAND TOUR SERPENTINE MODELS OF THE DOGS OF ALCIBIADES

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GRAND TOUR SERPENTINE MODELS OF THE DOGS OF ALCIBIADES
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    On integral naturalistic plinths
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high (2)


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    The Hellenistic sculpture the 'Dog of Alcibiades' was modelled on a Molossian dog, ancestor of the modern mastiff. Henry Constantine Jennings acquired the only known Roman copy of the Dog in 1753-6 and liked to call the sculpture the 'Dog of Alcibiades', after Alcibiades, an Athenian statesman, who is said to have docked the tail of his dog in order to give the Athenian people something else to talk about other than himself.

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