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    Sale 7614

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE GROUP OF THE FARNESE BULL ON A MARBLE PEDESTAL

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY G. POLLICE AND FIGLIO, NAPLES, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN BRONZE GROUP OF THE FARNESE BULL ON A MARBLE PEDESTAL
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, CAST BY G. POLLICE AND FIGLIO, NAPLES, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The base inscribed G. Pollice e Figlio/Napoli, on a variegated marble stepped columnar pedestal
    The bronze: 20½ in. (52 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) square
    The pedestal: 46½ in. (118 cm.) high; 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) square (2)


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    The bronze group offered here is a reduced copy of the colossal Farnese Bull, today in the Museo Nazionale, Naples. Also known as the Fable of Dirce, the group was excavated in the Baths of Caracalla in 1545 and was moved to the Palazzo Farnese immediately after. In the 1550s the group was restored at the suggestion of Michelangelo and placed in the palace courtyard to serve as a fountain. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the group was praised enthusiastically by the most sophisticated connoisseurs, including Louis XIV who tried unsuccessfully to purchase it in 1662. Of continued popularity, bronze reductions were produced through to the 19th century, in particular by the Neapolitan foundries, such as that of Amodio and, as here, by Pollice & Figlio.

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