19 March 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 50,900
Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 25,000
A PAIR OF LARGE BRONZE RECUMBENT LIONESSES
AFTER THE ANTIQUE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Each on a rectangular plinth, with rounded ends, decorated with hieroglyphics
30 in. (76 cm.) high; 55 in. (140 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53 cm.) deep (2)
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The present pair of lionesses derives from the Egyptian basalt pair removed from the Temple of Isis and brought to Rome in antiquity. They now crown the fountains to the base of Michelangelo's monumental stairway connecting the Campus Martius to the Capitoline Hill and the Piazza Campidoglio.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Anonymous sale, Christie's, Wrotham Park, 4 June 1991, lot 195 (£17,050).
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