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    Sale 5204

    Furniture & Decorative Objects

    18 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 54

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTER FIGURE OF THE MEDICI LION

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN ALABASTER FIGURE OF THE MEDICI LION
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    On canted plinth
    9¾in. (24.8cm.) high


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    The lion with the raised right forepaw was first recorded in 1594 by Flaminio Vacca. It was originally carved in high relief but was cut from its ground by Giovanni Sciarano, the Tuscan sculptor. Vacca then carved its opposing pair to match, hewing the lion from a massive marble capital that had been discovered behind the Palazzo dei Coservatori. This one he signed. The pair were moved to the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence in 1787, where they remain.

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