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    Sale 5198

    Furniture, Carpets & Decorative Objects

    30 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 550

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE MODEL OF THE PORCELLINO OR WILD BOAR

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE MODEL OF THE PORCELLINO OR WILD BOAR
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    After the Antique, mounted on a serpentine marble base
    8in. (20.4cm.) high; 8¾in. (22cm.) wide


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    The Hellenistic marble original was discovered in Rome, refered to in a 1556 city guide. By 1568 it moved to Florence and in 1591 housed in the Uffizi, as a gift from Pope Pius IV to Cosimo I de'Medici. A bronze copy was made by Pietro Tacca in the 1630s and Antonio Susini produced smaller versions. It has always remained a popular Grand Tour image, reproduced throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

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