4 November 1992,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,100
GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,400
A late 19th/early 20th century Neapolitan bronze figure, after the Antique, of Narcisus, the youth with garlanded hair and head lowered, on a stepped circular base with lanceolate leaf chased border -- 24¼in. (61½cm.) high.
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In late Greek legend, Narcisus was a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. He ignored the devotions of Echo, who pined and died when her love was unrequited.
At his own death, Narcissus was turned into the flower that bears his name.
The prototype of the statue was discovered at Pompeii in 1862.
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