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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 507

    AN ITALIAN SIENA MARBLE REDUCTION OF THE TOMB OF SCIPIO

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ITALIAN SIENA MARBLE REDUCTION OF THE TOMB OF SCIPIO
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
    On a black marble plinth base, with an indistinct inscription to the underside of the lid
    4 in. (10 cm.) high; 8 in. (20 cm.) wide; 2½ in. (6.5 cm.) deep


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    The sarcophagus of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, celebrated conqueror of the Etruscans in 298 BC was discovered in 1780 in the Tomb of the Scipios on the Appian Way, and later transported by Pius VI to Rome's Pio-Clementino Museum.

    It is inscribed with Scipio's epitaph:- 'Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, the son of Gnaeus, a courageous and wise man; he was a consul censor, and councillor in your country. He conquered Taurasia and Cisauna, in the Samnium, and subjugated the whole of Lucania, whence he brought back hostages'.

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    Provenance

    Miss Alderson (according to 1887 Catalogue), by whom given to Sir Henry FitzHerbert, 3rd Bt., (1783-1858).


    Literature

    Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., as a 'Model in Siena marble of Scipio's Tomb. given by Miss Alderson to Sir H FitzHerbert, 3rd [Bart.]'