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    Sale 7614

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

    24 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 73

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF DIANA OF GABIES

    BY PIETRÒ FRANCHI, DATED 1851

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF DIANA OF GABIES
    BY PIETRÒ FRANCHI, DATED 1851
    The oval base signed and dated to the reverse P. Franchi Scul./Carrara 1851
    56 in. (142 cm.) high


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    The marble original of the present model was excavated in 1792 on Prince Borghese's property at Gabii, outside Rome, by Gavin Hamilton. It was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807, and was displayed in the Louvre, Paris, where it remains today.

    Pietrò Franchi worked in Carrara during the third quarter of the 19th century and specialised in creating marble copies both of famous contemporary statues and, as here, celebrated sculpture from Antiquity.

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