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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A PAIR OF LARGE BRONZE RECUMBENT LIONESSES

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    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.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, Wrotham Park, 4 June 1991, lot 195 (£17,050).