c19th french bronze 'grand tour' souvenir study of the lateran sophocles by fbarbedienne foundry paris

C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir study of the "Lateran Sophocles" by F.Barbedienne Foundry ,Paris.


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ML 169


C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir study of the "Lateran Sophocles" by F. Barbedienne Foundry, Paris.
Well cast , large-scale study of the ancient Roman version of the Greek tragedian poet and playwright Sophocles ,having an exceptional patina.
Cast and inscribed by the Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry of Paris ,and also bearing the stamped seal mark of the patented 'Achille Collas' reduction method ("Reduction Mechanique") which allowed and introduced the facility to produce reductions of large-scaled statuary from both museums and private collections , to be produced and made available to the wider market .
The ancient Roman marble based upon a Greek bronze original from antiquity (330-340 BC) exhibited in the Lateran Museum ,Rome (Museo Lateranense) founded by the Popes and housed in the Lateran Palace. The Roman statue was excavated in the Theatre of Dionysus and Athena at Terracina in 1839.
The tragic poet and playwright is depicted in classic contrapposto pose ,mounted on an integral rectangular plinth, wearing and gripping his folded cloak. The subjects feet shod in thonged sandals , with a circular basket full of rolled manuscripts at his feet, whilst the fillet in his hair indicates Sophocles' priestly office.
Excellent condition, with superb 'antique' patina showing hints of green and brown throughout.
Would make a bold statement in a library ,study or in a 'Grand Tour' collection , possessing both gravitas and sculptural elegance.
H 25"
W 9"
D 6.5"
France, Paris c.1860
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Internal Ref: ML 169


Height = 64 cm (25")
Width = 23 cm (9")
Depth = 17 cm (7")

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