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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 94

    A TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF BACCHUS

    ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY STYLE

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    A TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF BACCHUS
    ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY STYLE
    Depicted standing in contrapposto and holding up a shallow cup in his right hand and a bunch of grapes in his left; resting against a tree-trunk support draped with his panther's pelt; on an integrally modelled circular plinth; the surface painted in a later clay slip; flaking to areas of the slip
    28 1/8 in. (71.4 cm.) high


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    A statue of the wine-deity Bacchus (Greek Dionysus) was a popular feature of Georgian banqueting dining-rooms, where it alluded to the Roman poet Terence's celebrated adage, that Love (Venus) grows cold without the presence of Wine (Bacchus) and Food (Ceres). At Syon in Middlesex, Hugh Percy, Duke of Northumberland and his architect Robert (Bob the Roman) Adam (d.1792) paired Ceres' statue with a replica of the celebrated Florentine 'Michelangelo' Bacchus. The Renaissance statue's festive tazza-bearing pose inspired the present statue of the drinking deity, who also harvests grapes from a vine-clad tree-trunk over which his lion-pelt garb drapes.

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