6 September 2011,
Price realised EUR 11,250
EUR 10,000 - EUR 15,000
A PAIR OF CARVED WHITE MARBLE RECLINING LIONS
AFTER THE MODEL BY ANTONIO CANOVA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
58 cm. high x 114 cm. wide (2)
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This pair of lions are modelled after the lions at the base of Canova's celebrated tomb for pope Pius XIII in St Peter's in Rome. These superb lions, are among the most beautiful creations by Canova, the vigilant lion, on the left, represents the energetic work of the Pope whilst the sleeping lion, symbolizes his moderation.
M. Praz, Canova, Milan 1976, pl. XI.
J. Davis, Antique Garden Ornament. 300 Years of creativity: Artists, manufactures & materials, Suffolk 1991, plate 5:6, 5:7 and p. 228-229.
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