10 December 2004
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF VENUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Based on the Capitoline Venus type, the goddess depicted nude, originally standing with her weight on her left leg, the right advanced and bent at the knee, her torso leaning slightly forward creating a crease at her waist, the shoulders twisting slightly to her left, a fragmentary support behind the legs and joined to the left thigh
41 in. (104.1 cm.) high
Marquis of Hertford.
William, second Earl of Lonsdale (d. 1848).
Lowther Castle, near Penrith, Cumberland, The Major Part of the Earl of Lonsdale's Collection; Maple and Co., Ltd. and Thomas Wyatt, London, 29 April-1 May 1947, lot 2290.
Dr. Franz Sprinzel Collection.
Anonymous sale; Hesperia Ancient Art, Ltd., 27 November 1990, lot 86.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 April 1999, lot 186.
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A. Michaelis, Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, Cambridge, 1882, p. 489, no. 2.
For a similar example of the type see no. 166, pp. 108-109 in Comstock and Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone, The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
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