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    Sale 5372

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    18 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 14

    A WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF A HEBE

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1822)

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    A WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF A HEBE
    LATE 19TH CENTURY, AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1822)
    44½ in. (113 cm.) high
    Together with a green serpentine marble pedestal -- 39 in. (99 cm.) high (2)


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    Canova executed four versions of his Hebe. The first is now in the National galerie in Berlin, it was commissioned in Venice by Giuseppe Giacomo Albrizzi in 1795. The second version is now in the Hermitage, Leningrad and was executed between 1800 and 1805 for Josephine Beauharnais. The third is at Chatsworth, was sent to London for Lord Cawdor in 1816. The last Hebe is now in the Pinacoteca Comunale at Forli. This was commissioned by the Contessa Veronica Guarini and was executed between 1816-17.
    Copies of the different versions were executed both by Canova's studio assistants, such as Adamo Tadolini, but also later, as his model of the Cup-Bearer of the gods was widely admired for its innovative tripping stance, grace and Classical purity.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 1 March 1996, lot 218.