6 March 2003
A SET OF FIVE BRONZE BUSTS OF ROMAN EMPERORS
19th century, by Nelli, Rome
Each depicting a head-and-shoulders of a Roman Emperor in a toga with a clasp on his right shoulder, except for Nero who is shown in military attire with a clasp on his left shoulder, on a waisted socle with tablet bearing an inscription of the Emperor's Italian name: 'VESPASIANO'; 'TITO'; 'TIBERIO'; DOMIZIANO'; 'NERONE', on a breccia rossa turned pedestal and black marble moulded plinth, the busts stamped on the reverse 'NELLI ROMA', one socle associated
9½ in. (24 cm.) high (5)
Norcliffe Gilpin, 10 Cheyne Walk, London.
The Paget-Bowman Family, Hampstead.
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Norcliffe Gilpin was a descendant of the painter Sawrey Gilpin, R.A. (d. 1807).
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