• Property from the Collection o auction at Christies

    Sale 7819

    Property from the Collection of HRH The Prince George, Duke of Kent KG, KT, and HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent CI, GCVO and their families

    20 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 113

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE FARNESE FLORA

    CIRCA 1790-1800, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ITALIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF THE FARNESE FLORA
    CIRCA 1790-1800, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
    On a later ebonised wood plinth, dark black patina with greenish brown high points, old repaired break to ankle
    14¼ in. (36.5 cm.) high overall


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    This bronze is a reduction of the antique marble formerly in the Farnese Collection in Rome, a typical cast made for 'Grand Tourists'. Its competent light cast and subtle detailing, for instance to the drapery, places it stylistically close to the work of Giuseppe Boschi, as opposed to the heavier bronzes of the same subject and size cast in Zoffoli's workshop. This bronze dates before 1800, when the original marble was removed to Naples and the original wreath was substituted by a bouquet of flowers (F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique, Yale, 1982, pp.217, fig.113).

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