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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 189

    A LARGE ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO MODEL OF THE SARCOPHAGUS FROM THE TOMB OF THE SCIPIOS

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO MODEL OF THE SARCOPHAGUS FROM THE TOMB OF THE SCIPIOS
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    After the Antique, the lid with palm-scrolled ends, the front edge inscribed 'CORNELIVS. CN. F. SCIPIO', the main body Roman Doric entablature above the inscription
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high; 18¾ in. (47.5 cm.) wide; 7½ in. (19cm.) 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 Barbatus' 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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