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C19th French 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue, after the antique, "Venus di Milo" by Bardedienne Foundry.
C19th French 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue , after the antique , "Venus di Milo" by Bardedienne Foundry . Well-cast bronze reduction of the iconic ancient Greek marble sculpture of Venus now housed in the Louvre Museum ,Paris . Bears the signature of Ferdinand Bardedienne Foundry of Paris , and also the seal mark of Achille Collas whose invention of the mechanical pantograph reduction device led to the accurate production of this type of bronze model . Excellent consistent dark 'chocolate' brown patina .
H 12.5"
France c.1890
Ref: MLTH 158
Price: £550





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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze reduction, after the antique ,of "The Dying Gaul".
Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze reduction, after the antique ,of "The Dying Gaul". Good bronze casting of the iconic marble statue of the defeated and wounded Gaul , the marble Roman version now exhibited in The Capitoline Museum , Rome .

The Hellenistic bronze original executed in 3rd century BC , the lost Roman marble copy was rediscovered in the C17th whilst excavations were made at the Villa Ludovisi in Rome .

Depicted wearing his neck torc, and lying upon his discarded martial equipment , shield and sword .

Dark patination of consistent colour.

Examples grace the fine museum and Country House collections of the world , such as Blenheim Palace and Syon Park.

Italy c.1880
L 9"
H 5"
D 5"
Ref: MLB 159
Price: £550





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Early C20th cast bronze sculpture of a prowling male lion.
Early C20th cast bronze sculpture of a prowling male lion.

Impressive study of a prowling lion on rectangular naturalistic base of good large scale . Well- modelled bronze sculpture showing the beast in a prowling/walking gait with fierce facial expression and open-mouthed ,snarling pose .

Good attention to detail with well detailed mane, tail and claw feet.

Probably French , though unmarked.

Consistent dark patina.
H 10"
W 19"
D 6"
France c.1920

Ref: ML 167
Price: £550





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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii" , after the antique .
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii " , after the antique.

Darkly patinated bronze study of the iconic dancing mythical Faun figure , excavated from the site of a villa in ill-fated Pompeii in 1830. The figure stood next to an impluvium , a basin to collect rain-water, at villa "Casa del Fauno"

The original now in the Museo Nazionale,Naples , Italy.

Portrayed dancing in exhultation , the horned and tailed figure stands upon an integral square plinth base.

Produced in Italy during the late C19th, probably in Naples, as a souvenir for wealthy tourists who visited the ancient sites and sights.

H 12.5"
W 3.5"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1880

Ref: ML 1703
Price: £550





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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture , after the antique , "Jennings' Dog".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture , after the antique , "Jennings' Dog". Modelled after the ancient Hellenistic original , this copy of the Roman C2nd AD version , is named after its first 'modern' owner Henry Constantine Jennings.
The metre-high marble is now on exhibition in The British Museum .Thought to represent the legendary Molossian guard dog or hound , of the Grecian statesman , Alcibiades, it was acquired by Jennings in Rome c.1756. It subsequently was sold in 1778 by Jennings to Hon .Charles Duncombe , in order to settle his gambling debts. Acquired for the nation from Duncombe Hall in 2001.

A similar pair of marble mastiffs are in the Belvedere Court , Vatican Museums , Rome , Italy.

Well-cast reduction model of good rich patination and consistent colour .

H 6"
W 6"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML166
Price: £480





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Late C19th/ early C20th signed bronze bust study of Dante .
Late C19th/early C20th signed bronze bust study of Dante .

Depicting the Italian poet ,statesman and theorist , Durante deli Alighieri , known as Dante, of the late Middle Ages in typical pose , mounted on a rectangular plinth base .

His work "Divine Comedy", is widely considered to be the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

The shoulders inscribed "Dantes" , whilst the front of the plinth block bears an inscription from his work "The Divine Comedy" . "Amore che move il sole e altre stelle"......"The love that moves the sun and other stars".

Signed and inscribed to rear by the sculptor , "G. Varlese , Napoli"

Good consistent dark patina , has casting fault/hole to top rear of head.

H 8"
W 8"
D 4"
Italy, Naples c.1900
Ref: ML 167
Price: £425





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C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction , after the antique, "Romulus & Remus".
C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction ,after the antique,
"Romulus & Remus".

Well-cast desk-top bronze of the Myth of the abandoned Demi-god infant twins being suckled by the she-wolf . In Roman mythology the brothers were credited with the founding of Rome in 753 BCE. The original sculpture is traditionally dated to the 5th century BCE Etruscans , but it may be later. The figured were added in the 15th century CE.

The original now exhibited in the Capitoline Museums , Rome, Italy.

Excellent attention to detail and has a good patination with greenish and gold hues present .

H 4"
W 4"
D 2"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £425





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C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir model of the "Colonne de Juillet"
C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir model of the "Colonne de Juillet".

Well-detailed cast bronze reduction of the monumental column in Paris comemmorating the Revolution of July 1830.

The 3-day revolution saw the fall of King Charles X of France and the commencement of the "July Monarchy" of Louis-Philippe , King of the French. It was built between 1835 and 1840.

The original 47metre high column is topped with a gilded figure 'Genie de la Liberte' ("Spirit of Freedom") atop a globe by Auguste Dumont , lacking from this desk-top model. The interior of which has a spiral staircase , the base ornamented with cast bronze bas-reliefs by Antoine-Louis Barye including a lion and roosters to the corners. The column is engraved in gold with the names of those who died in the Revolution , the base foundation houses a columbarium for the remains of the 615 victims.

The Column is situated in the centre of Place de la Bastille , Paris, France.

This model is mounted on its original black marble plinth base , surrounded by a pierced cast-bronze trellis 'fence' .

H 12"
Base 5" sq.
France c.1880


Ref: ML166
Price: £375





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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze reduction , after the antique , of "The Dying Gaul".
Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze reduction , after the antique, of "The Dying Gaul".

Well patinated bronze casting of the iconic marble statue portraying the defeated and mortally wounded Gaul.

Depicted wearing his neck torc and lying upon his discarded martial equipment , shield, horn and sword.

Nicely cast and detailed small-scale desk-top study . The Roman marble version of the Hellenistic bronze original , now exhibited in The Capitoline Museums , Rome, Italy.

H 3.5"
W 6"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £350





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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' Italian bronze ewer decorated in the style of an ancient civilisation.
Late C19th 'Grand Tour' Italian bronze ewer decorated in the style of an ancient civilisation. Finely detailed bronze bodied ewer with loop handle , mask spout and mounted upon a black marble base. The body decorated with bands of animals, boar and bulls in particular, possibly in reference to the works from the ancient Minoan civilisation. The handle decorated with twin beaded bands of decoration ,terminating in an anthemion style classical leaf motif. Minor dent to body.
H 13"
W 5"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 157
Price: £350





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Late C19th gilt bronze study of a standing greyhound on a marble base.
Late C19th gilt bronze study of a standing greyhound on a marble base.

Good quality gilded bronze study of a greyhound or 'long dog' , raised on it's original figured 'verde antico' marble base.

H 6.5"
W 4"
D 7.5"
England or France c.1900
Ref: ML 1610
Price: £325





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Late C19th silvered-bronze miniature elephant desk-top ink-well or knib-cleaner
Late C19th silver-bronze miniature elephant desk-top ink-well or knib-cleaner. Well-cast detailed miniature elephant model , designed to be either an ink-well or pen-knib cleaner (liner/brushes deficient).
The silvered-bronze body with skin detail , finely-modelled features, and gilded decoration to the howdah cloth.
H 2.5"
W 4"
D 2"
England c.1890
Ref: ML165
Price: £220





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Late C19th Italian miniature bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir , after the antique, "Mercury Resting".
Late C19th Italian miniature bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir , after the antique, "Mercury Resting". Mounted upon a bevel-edged fossil marble base ,a miniature study of Mercury or Hermes , messenger of the Gods, resting upon a rocky outcrop. Depicted naked ,feet shod with his winged sandals or 'talaria' , ready for flight ,and a scrolled missive clutched in his left hand .

The Roman version ,after the Hellenistic original , was discovered at the Villa Dei Papyri , Herculaneum in 1758 and now exhibited at the Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Naples, Italy. Widely admired by the 'Grand Tourists' of the 18th and 19th centuries , it is one of the most celebrated sculptures of antiquity.

A well-cast miniature desk-top study or paper-weight.

Base 5" X 4"
Figure 4" high
Italy c.1890
Ref: ML164
Price: £190





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Early C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of "The Farnese Hercules".
Early C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the "Farnese Hercules". Large-scale bronze version of the antique Roman marble sculpture of the Greek hero Herakles depicted resting after the completion of his 'Twelve Labours' or tasks ,set out to him in Mythology. He leans ,resting on his wooden club , his expression weary, whilst the pelt of the slain Nemean lion is draped next to him and his right hand behind his back clutching the 'Golden Apples' of the Hesperides. The ancient Roman marble statue had been re-discovered during excavations in The Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1546 and installed in the courtyard of Cardinal Allesandro Farnese's palace on the banks of the Tiber, where it was surrounded by frescos depicting his heroic feats and where it became one of the highlights of the Roman Tour for visiting scholars, connoisseurs and artists. The 3rd Century AD Roman marble Hercules signed by Glykon, after the ancient 4th Century BC Greek bronze original by Lysippos, was moved to Naples in 1787 and is now exhibited at the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale' .The impressive sculpture which stands at over 3 metres tall ,portrays the exaggerated musculature of the towering hero,whilst conveying through his pose and down-cast expression ,the weariness from the execution of his Labours. The heroically-scaled statue of Hercules is one of the most famous sculptural images of antiquity and has fixed itself firmly into the European imagination. This finely cast version has a good consistent patination and colour with minor high-points. The stunning sculpture is a magnificent and powerful study of the Mythological hero and was much-admired and sought-after , bronze examples such as this ,being collected for the great Country Houses of England , Museum and gallery collections of the World. H 29". Italy c. 1830.
Ref: MLWA 1312
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Pair C19th French bronze cherub candelabras of Louis XVI style in the manner of Clodion.
Pair C19th French bronze cherub candelabras of Louis XVI style in the manner of Clodion .Twin-branch ormolu bronze foliate candle-arms supported by well-cast garlanded cherub/amorini patinated bronze figures. Leaning against 'tree-stump' supports and standing on naturalistic bases upon fluted white marble truncated column plinths with cast ormolu wreath decoration . Excellent quality and finish .Require re-wiring which can be completed to clients specification (inclusive)) H (to candle-arm top) 20" Base 6" sq. France c 1860.
Ref: MLBO 1310
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C19th 'Grand Tour' bronze figure "Dancing Faun with Clappers"
C19th 'Grand Tour' bronze figure "The Dancing Faun with Clappers". Cymbals in hands , foot on scabellum. Cast after the model by Isaak Duchemin( C17th ).Inscribed on base "Duchemin". (After marble original first recorded in collection of Grand Duke of Tuscany ,Florence 1665. ) Now in Uffizi ,Florence. Whilst a life-size version of this iconic figure cast by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi can be found in grounds of Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire ,seat of the Dukes of Marlborough . Good patination and condition . 24" H
Ref: ML 101
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus , known as "Narcissus".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of Dionysus ,known as "Narcissus". Exceptional quality casting and good scale bronze study of the iconic statue attributed to the foundry and workshops of Benedetto Boschetti , Rome . Raised on a typical Boschetti-type 'Levanto Rosso' and black marble plinth , the well-patinated bronze figure is an exact scale copy of the original excavated at Pompeii in 1862. Now housed in the Museo Nazionale , Naples , Italy. Boschetti's celebrated workshops at Via Condotti 74 in Rome , produced high-quality bronze and marble copies of classical antiquities, and though unmarked, both the quality of the casting and the marble plinth base ,lead to a firm attribution. Minor chips to edge of marble base.
H(overall)32" H(of bronze) 25 ".
Italy ,Rome c.1870
Ref: MLJQ 1411
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere". High quality large-scale bronze version of the celebrated marble figure from Classical Antiquity known as "Apollo Belvedere" or "Pythian Apollo". Re-discovered in Central Italy in the late C15th Rennaisance period, originally displayed in the 'Cortile della Statue' of the Belvedere Palace within the Vatican (hence its title),it is now housed in the Octagonal Court of the 'Museo Pio Clementino' ,Vatican ,Rome. The Greek god Apollo is depicted posed as an archer having just shot an arrow, possibly having just slain the serpent python guarding Delphi in Greek mythology . Portrayed in contrapposto stance , a robe or 'chlamys' draped around his neck and arm , his curled hair held in a 'strophium' , a band symbolic of gods and kings. he is entirely nude except for his sandals , a quiver of arrows across his left shoulder. Copies of this iconic image are present in some of the greatest public and private collections of the world. Excellent condition and good consistent patination . The statue mounted and raised upon a shallow black and white striated marble plinth base.
H 24" .
Base 9" x 9 "
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure , after the antique ,of drunken Faun .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure ,after the antique ,of drunken Faun. Good large-scale bronze of the drunken Satyr or Faun ,excavated at Pompeii from the site of the House of the aristocratic Patrician or Centenary. Discovered by the pool in the Peristyle or open colonnade,at the site , and mounted upon a stone block of tufa (limestone), the original is now in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples, Italy.
The drunken faun is depicted in a staggering pose , a look of intoxicated concentration on his face as he attempts to fill a wine cup (deficient as in the original),from a wine-skin bladder or bag slung under his arm. A true scale copy of the magnificent Roman bronze original with a 'faux excavation' verdegris patination , mounted upon a 'stepped' block of riven and aged white marble or limestone copying the original.
Shown completely naked , the well-modelled and balanced figure, conveys the acute movement and motion of the drunken satyr, his muscular body complete with Faun's tail.
Probably produced by the reknowned 'Sommer' or 'Chiurazzi' foundries of Naples.
H 24" (overall)
H 21" (figure)
Base 20" x 9 "
Naples, Italy c.1890
Ref: ML157
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Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique
Large C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "Diane de Gabies" after the antique.Great scale, wonderful patina and consistent colour, a superior quality casting in fine detail of this iconic sculpture. Depicting the goddess Artemis, the original marble statue was discovered during excavations in 1792 by the entrepreneur,dealer and antiquarian, Gavin Hamilton on the property of the Prince Borghese at Gabi, near Rome . In 1807 the sculpture was sold to Napoleon and was thence exhibited in the Louvre ,Paris, where it remains today .Named by the Greeks as Artemis , and called Diana in the Roman world ,the beautiful virgin goddess of hunting and wild nature is depicted standing in contrapposto position supported against a tree stump, dressed in a loose robe or 'chiton' ,buttoned at the shoulder,together with strapped Grecian sandals . The figure stands upon a separate and associated ebonised fluted-column support with carved ionic capital top.(Although purchased with the statue ,would obviously sell figure without column) Bears a scripted foundry mark "Stradelli" to rear of integral square base. H. (of bronze) 31 " . Overall H. on column 76 ". Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLS 141
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