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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF MARCUS AURELIUS

    CIRCA 1800, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ITALIAN BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP OF MARCUS AURELIUS
    CIRCA 1800, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
    On rectangular black slate base, greenish brown patina with lighter high points
    17 in. (43.5 cm.) high


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    The reason for the commission of the monumental antique group in around 161-180 AD is unknown, but the youthful look of Marcus Aurelius' (121-80 AD) face suggests it was intended to celebrate an early victory in his career, possibly the war against the Parthians in circa 161-166 AD.

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    Provenance

    Sir Philip Sassoon, Bt., 25 Park Lane, W.1., recorded in the Large Hall in 1939 and by descent to his sister
    Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, sold Works of Art from Houghton, Christie's London, 8 December 1994, lot 77.