pair of late c19th italian carved alabaster 'grand tour' souvenir medici lions

Pair of late C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici Lions".



Item Ref

ML 1703


Pair of late C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici Lions".
Well-carved pair of alabaster lions modelled after the antique original, now sited with his companion at the Loggia Dei Lanzi, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy. Previously sited at the Villa Medici , Rome from 1598 until moved to its present location in 1789. The original marble lion being of ancient 2nd century origin , the companion carved in the C16th by Flaminio Vacca.
Both male lions are depicted with with their front paws raised upon a ball or sphere. Good carved detail to the manes and bodies, raised on integral two-tier canted corner plinth bases.
In excellent condition, with minor marks but no breaks, repairs or losses.
H 9"
W 10"
D 4"
Italy c.1870
Established in the Cathedral City of Worcester for over 30 years , M.Lees&Sons , run by Michael Lees ,have been dealing with public and trade from show-rooms in an early Georgian town-house. We aim to provide a straight-forward approach to our business and build lasting relationships with our customers. As members of the 'London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association' , we provide full descriptive details , date ,authenticity and any available provenance ,with full disclosure of any restoration or repair which may have taken place .
Whether buying for pleasure , decoration or investment, we welcome you to our web-site or premises .
Past projects have included advising clients on forming and disposing of collections , furnishing period properties , hotel and commercial projects , also a shoot-room and lodge .
All goods are available to view and owned by M.Lees&Sons .
If visiting, a telephone call prior is advisable as due to the demands of the business the show-room does not have regular hours . Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance .
Tel. 01905 26620 / 07860826218
Located in the centre of Worcester in the shadow of the Cathedral with easy parking nearby. Exit Junction 7 M5 and follow the signs for Worcester Porcelain Museum . Our premises are located 100 metres from the Museum and 50 metres from Pay&Display car-park in nearby King St.
Internal Ref: ML 1703


Height = 23 cm (9")
Width = 26 cm (10")
Depth = 10 cm (4")

Email about this item: