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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 262

    A PAIR OF LIFE-SIZE BRONZE FIGURES OF THE PEPLOPHOROI

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY FONDERIA CHIURAZZI, NAPLES, CIRCA 1904

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF LIFE-SIZE BRONZE FIGURES OF THE PEPLOPHOROI
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY FONDERIA CHIURAZZI, NAPLES, CIRCA 1904
    Apparently unsigned, each modelled as Classically-draped maiden
    The tallest: 68½ in. (174 cm.) high; The smallest: 47 5/8 in. (121 cm.) high (6)


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    The Peplophoroi are among the most popular and widely published of the statues from the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. All six tend to be considered as a single group, partly because they have always been displayed together, first at Portici, and then in Naples. They have been identified as nymphs, dancers, vestals, kanephoroi (jar carriers), kistophoroi (basket carriers), offering-bearers, priestesses, married women (the five larger statues) and an unmarried girl, women adorning themselves, and actresses (Carol Mattusch, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum).

    The Fonderia Chiurazzi in their catalogue of 1910, identified the smaller figure as 'La Prière' and the five larger figures as 'Actrice', from the Musée de Naples. The catalogue further states that these figures were found the 26 May 1754 in Herculaneum.

    The bronzes presently offered are, by family tradition, those that decorated the Italian Pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, also known as the St. Louis World's Fair. Fonderia Chiurazzi states in its history of the company that, 'on the occasion of the World Exhibition in St. Louis, Gennaro Chiurazzi senior's triumph so honoured Naples and Italy that the whole of the American press of that time gave a lot of space to write about him, singing hymns to his value.'

    A set of the five figures, originally acquired by John, 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847-1900) for Mount Stuart, sold Christie's, London, 3 July 1996, lots 5-7.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE KOPLAR BROWN FAMILY COLLECTION, LAKE OZARK, MISSOURI (LOTS 262-264)


    Exhibited

    The Italian Pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, St. Louis, Missouri