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    Sale 5745

    The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall

    5 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 4

    AN ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO FIGURE OF ANTINUOUS

    MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO FIGURE OF ANTINUOUS
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Modelled as an Egyptian standing figure, on an oval white marble base and rectangular siena marble plinth
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high


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    This figure derives from the famous ancient sculpture of the Emperor Hadrian's favourite companion, Antinuous, which had been rediscovered at Hadrian's villa in 1740. Antinuous had drowned in the river Nile and was posthumously celebrated as a demi-god, by the Emperor, who was famously fascinated with Egypt.

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