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    Sale 2105

    European Furniture, Works of Art, and Tapestries: Including Jansen: The Past Reimagined

    7 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 12

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE GROUP OF THE LAOCOÖN

    LATE 18TH 19TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN BRONZE GROUP OF THE LAOCOÖN
    LATE 18TH 19TH CENTURY
    On an integrally cast rectangular base and a later verde antico marble plinth
    16 in. (41 cm.) high, 11¾ in. (30 cm.) wide; 16¾ in. (42½ cm.) high overall


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    The story of Laocoön from the Aeneid tells how Laocoön, a Trojan priest, was killed after attempting to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse by striking it with a spear. The scene shows the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being strangled by sea serpents, sent either by Apollo or Poseidon, as punishment. The Antique version of Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group, is a monumental marble figure group now in the Vatican Museums, attributed by Pliny the Elder to three sculptors from the island of Rhodes.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the bronze is inscribed 'Guiseppe.Boschi.fece in Roma 180..'