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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the Roman ,fountain figure from Pompeii.
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir , after the Roman , fountain figure from Pompeii.

Known as the "Amorino con Ora" , or Cherub with Goose, the original bronze fountain statue was excavated at Pompeii in 1832. It stood in a mosaic-decorated fountain niche within a property on Via Mercurio , Pompeii.

Almost certainly produced by the Chiurazzi Foundry Naples ,Italy . The winged cherub figure is depicted in mid stride clutching a goose under his left arm.

Excellent consistent dark patination and detailed casting .

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Italy, Naples c.1890
Ref: ML 1701
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii".
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture after the antique of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii". Cast to the same scale as the iconic original bronze study excavated at ill-fated Pompeii in 1830 from the site of "The House of the Faun" ("Casa del Fauno") which is now housed in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale', Naples ,Italy . The sculpture was located in the property at the lip of the 'impluvium' , a basin used for catching rain-water. Produced with a heavily verdigris /'faux excavation' patina ,this iconic image of the horned ,bearded and tailed dancing mythical woodland 'faun' creature in ecstatic pose ,is mounted upon a circular unpolished thick grey slate base. The Pompeian discovery almost certainly being a Roman copy of an Hellenistic original . The raised arm has a slightly loose joint where the original pin has been set. A good large-scale, detailed casting probably produced by 'Chiurazzi et Fils ' Foundry ,Naples, Italy. Examples of this theatrical and visually-arresting bronze sculpture can be found adorning the great homes and gardens of the world .
H (overall) 31" x H (figure) 29" x Dia .(base)11".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLMJ 152
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Pair C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases.
Pair C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases .Mounted on fluted black marble bases ,subtle verdegris patinated models of the Albani vase after the antique. Well-cast copies of the antique discovered in Rome in the mid C18th by the excavation of grounds of a Villa during a dig sponsored by the great collector, connoisseur and patron of ancient art antiquities ,Cardinal Alessandro Albani,and then housed in the art collections of Villa Albani . The rims with 'egg and dart' borders above a vine leaf decorated collar. The body cast with bearded masks of male gods set amongst drapery and lion-skins, whilst the handles are formed by twisted vine branches, standing on a fluted socle. The antique was thought to have originally stood outside the ancient Temple of Bacchus. H 14" x W ( inc. handles)12 " x Dia (of bowl)8" .Standard wine-bottle used to illustrate impressive scale.
Ref: MLB 5
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C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of "Diana Chasseresse" /"Diana the Huntress" by Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry.
C19th French bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of "Diana Chasseresse" / "Diana the Huntress". Large scale bronze by the celebrated Parisian foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) , signed on the reverse by the foundry and also bearing the impressed stamp of Achille Collas ,whose invention introduced the technique to produce smaller scale reductions of large classical statuary. `The marble original now housed in the Louvre , Paris , being a Roman (1st or 2nd century AD) over life-size copy of a lost Greek original c.325 BC . Discovered in Italy reputedly at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, the statue was gifted to Henry II of France by Pope Paul IV in 1556. Portrayed as a Huntress, the Goddess of the Chase has her quiver of arrows across her back ,and is attended by a buck deer ,with her left hand gripping part of her bow .She wears a short Dorian chiton ,a himation around her waist and sandals on her feet. Excellent condition and good consistent patination. Good clear foundry marks.
H 21"
W 12".
France c. 1870
Ref: MLAF 1412
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Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'.
Fine C19th Italian gilded bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir architectural model of a Cathedral dome or 'Tempietto'. Cast bronze model with fine architectural detail of the dome of a Cathedral or monument , mounted upon a block of Siena marble. Possibly conceived as a pastille burner, the lift-off lid with a removable frame-work inside.
Excellent attention to detail with arched apertures, finely detailed Corinthian-capped columns with incised block-work detail ,and a bell-tower /cupola surmount.

Although it has similarities to the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral in London , the Siena base and style of gilded /patinated bronze and casting , suggest Italian origin . It could be a true representation of a landmark dome or indeed an idealised model sold as a souvenir to 'Grand Tourists'.

In excellent original condition , with only minor rubbing and wear to the patination of the bronze commensurate with age and use.

Smart addition to a 'Grand Tour' collection of architectural models.

H (full) 9"
H (bronze) 8"
Dia 4.75"
Base 5" sq.
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML165
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Late C19th cold-painted bronze study of a cockatoo by Franz Bergman.
Late C19th cold-painted bronze study of a cockatoo by Franz Bergman (1861-1936) . Good-scale Viennese bronze study modelled by the famous Austrian sculptor and foundry-owner . Naturalistically-painted plumage with rustic perch base. Some minor rubbing to feathers of back and rear of head. Stamped to base of bird with Bergman monogram in Amphora mark, the tail stamped "Geschutzt" (registered/patented) and with numbers 8353 .H. 12". Austria, Vienna c. 1900
Ref: MLMJ 148
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta"
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique of " Augustus Caesar Prima Porta". Well-cast and sharply detailed bronze copy of the iconic marble antique original of the Imperator , the first of the Roman Emperors 27 BC- 14 AD. In this study Augustus is depicted as commander-in-chief of the Roman army , dressed in military attire , posed with his arm raised as an orator probably addressing his legions , and carrying a consular baton. The elements combining to portray both the martial and political characteristics of the great leader. The 2m high original 1st Century AD marble statue was discovered in 1863 in the grounds of the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta near Rome, and is now shown in the 'Braccio Nuovo' of the Vatican Museums. The 'cuirass' or breast-plate, is finely detailed with bas-reliefs featuring diverse Roman deities including Mars the God of war, Diana, Apollo and Sol the sun god. The design also features symbolism and personifications of conquered territories and celebrates his victories in Hispania, Gaul, Germania and Parthia, and the return of the lost Roman legionary eagles , as well as Augustus's establishment of Pax Romana.The sphinxes on the shoulders represent the defeat of Cleopatra, the sheathed sword represents the subjected peoples (ie The Celts) , whilst the back of the cuirass is decorated with a large spread-eagle.The small cupid at his feet(riding on a dolphin ,Venus's patron animal)is a reference to the claim that the Julian family were direct descendants of the goddess Venus. The bare-footed pose also alludes to his status as a hero, and perhaps even him being regarded a god , as was the deified Julius Caesar his great-uncle.
Good consistent patination, one small joint 'opening' on the upper part of the out-stretched arm.
H 20" x W 8" x D 6".
Italy c.1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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C19th bronze figure "Venus de Milo "
Late C19th bronze figure "Venus de Milo ". Inscribed on base 'Musee du Louvre' and name plaque to front . Good large-scale image.
Rich/dark patination . H 39 "
Ref: ML 103
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Early C20th Art Deco period gilt-bronze female nude figurine by Paul Philippe.
Early C20th Art Deco period gilt-bronze female nude figurine by Paul Philippe (1870-1930). Stylish nude study in athletic pose with outstretched arms standing on the balls of her feet, upon a 2-piece portor marble and onyx circular base . A study known as "L'Eveil " ("Awakening "). Signed to base of bronze in script "Philippe ". Some minor rubbing /discolouration to gilding. H 16" .France c.1930
Ref: MLDQ 146
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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue after the antique "Venus of Capua"
Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue after the antique, "Venus of Capua".
The original marble Capuan Venus statue represents a semi-naked Aphrodite, named after its place of rediscovery at the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheatre at Capua in the Campania region of southern Italy .
The statue being an earlier version of the type of the Venus de Milo and close in conception to the Venus of Arles. This Roman version of an Ancient Greek figure , depicts the Goddess probably admiring her reflection in the shiny surface of her lover Ares' shield , which she previously held.
Combining both sexual allure and martial symbolism , the Venus of Capua evokes the Greek past, yet also bears new resonances in its Roman civic context. Worship of ,and the cult of Aphrodite continued throughout the Roman period , where she was known as Venus and symbolised Rome's imperial power. Roman temples were built to solicite her assistance in battle.

The goddess is depicted here semi-naked ,partially clad in a richly draped himation, with her left foot on the helmet of Ares (Mars to the Romans) the God of War. In her hair she wears a diadem , symbolic of her status as a Goddess.

The marble original now exhibited in the Museo Nazionale , Naples.

This fine bronze reduction has a good, deep ,consistent patina with dark green tinge and has crisp well-cast detail throughout. The figure raised on a finely-decorated circular base . Inscribed on the base by the foundry "E. Pollice, Napoli".
Copies of this statue can be found in the great museums and private collections of the world , for example a large casting is featured in the Water Terraces garden of Blenheim Palace , Oxfordshire ,England, seat of the Duke of Marlborough.
H 16"
Naples ,Italy c. 1900
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Ref: ML 1511
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study ,after the antique , of "Spinario" or "The Thorn-Puller".
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study ,after the antique ,of "Spinario" or "The Thorn-Puller". Originally recorded as seated outside the Lateran Palace in 1165 , the celebrated sculpture is now exhibited at the Capitoline Museum in Rome. Well-cast ,good-scale version of the famous image of the seated boy in intense concentrated focus attempting to remove a thorn from the bottom of his foot. Raised on a 'Levanto Rosso' and black marble circular plinth base in the style of Benedetto Boschetti , the celebrated foundry and marble sculptors of C19th Rome . Fitted with a bronze handle to base which originally turned the sculpture on revolving pin , but this mechanism is now lacking. Good consistent dark patination , minor chips to edges of marble base.
H (Full) 18"
H (bronze)13"
Dia. (base)9"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 154
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, bronze study of "The Borghese Gladiator"
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, bronze study of "The Borghese Gladiator". Good large-scale bronze of the ancient Hellenistic marble original now exhibited in the Louvre Museum ,Paris .The statue was discovered at Nettuno ,near Anzio in 1611 and thence to Cardinal Borghese's estate where it remained in a room named after it in the Villa Borghese, until 1807 whence it was sold to Napoleon Bonaparte and taken to Paris. The study depicts the warrior in fighting pose with well-sculpted muscular physique , wearing only a fig-leaf. Dark green, aged patination , with some area of rubbing to the back of torso. Examples of this iconic statue grace the museums ,gardens and great houses of the world , including Houghton Hall ,Norfolk ; Highgrove ,Gloucestershire; Chatsworth, Derbyshire ;Blenheim Palace and Windsor Palace.
H 21"
Base 14" x 8"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: MLTH 154
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Pair of C19th French Empire-style bronze tazzas.
Pair of C19th French Empire-style bronze tazzas . Fine pair of patinated bronze and ormolu bronze shallow bowl tazzas on 'marmo giallo'/siena marble bases . Crisply-cast pair of classical bronze tazzas with cast-ormolu wrythen handles , raised on ormolu-mounted siena marble bases. The shallow gadrooned bodies with bead edges, fluted stems with stylised leaf detail and 'lambs-tongue' cast detail. In excellent condition and stunning combination of materials.(Minor chip to marble base shown).
H 12" x W 7" x Bases 4.5" x 4.5"
France c. 1830
Ref: MLBO 1411
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "The Dying Gaul"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "The Dying Gaul". Set on oval carrara marble block with contrasting coloured marble plinth base . Inscribed to front edge "GLADIATORE M "(ie Gladiatore Morente) Well-cast example with greenish patination of this iconic figure depicting the naked, defeated and wounded Gaul wearing his neck torq ,sword broken, and lying upon his discarded martial equipment and trumpet .The Roman marble version of the Hellenistic bronze original re-discovered in the C17th whilst excavations were made for the Villa Ludovisi in Rome and later housed therein .Now exhibited in The Capitoline Museum ,Rome. Further copies are to be found in many of the great English country-house collections such as Blenheim Palace and Syon Park and important sculpture galleries of the world . Bronze W 11" x D 6" x H 6". Overall base W 12" H 9"( minor chips and wear to marble)
Ref: ML 513
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C19th bronze bust of the Greek hero, Ajax.
C19th bronze bust of the Greek hero , Ajax.

Well-cast French or Italian bronze bust portrait study of the mythological Greek warrior hero, Ajax.

Son of King Telamon , he plays an important role and is portrayed as a towering figure and a warrior of great courage in Homer's 'Iliad'and in the 'Epic Cycle' , a series of epic poems about the Trojan War.

Wonderful cast detail to the helmet featuring eagles, centaurs and panthers amongst the decoration. Raised on a turned socle base, the head turned to dexter.

Excellent consistent rich patina. Some minor discolouration to the rear of the shoulders.

H 14"
W 8"
D 6"
France or Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1703
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "The Dying Gaul" after the antique.
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "The Dying Gaul" after the antique .Mounted on a striated purple marble base (has old repaired crack ) well-detailed casting of the iconic image of "The Dying Gaul". The study depicts the wounded Gaul wearing his neck torc , slumped upon his broken sword ,horn and shield in defeat. Naked except for a modesty fig-leaf, his belt , horn and martial equipment discarded around him. The Roman marble version of the Hellenistic original was re-discovered in the C17th whilst excavations were made for the 'Villa Ludovisi' in Rome , and later housed therein .Now exhibited in the Capitoline Museum , Rome (see photo below). Copies can be found in many of the sculpture galleries and libraries of the great English country-house collections such as Syon Park and Blenheim Palace ,and the leading museums of the world. Some rubbing to areas of colour to bronze and old repairs to marble base.
W 15" x H 8" x D 8".
Italy or France c 1870.
Ref: MLBO 1311
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Pair of C19th French bronze 'Borghese' vases.
Pair of C19th French bronze 'Borghese' vases. Quality pair of bronze copies of the famous Greek original marble vase from the Villa Borghese in Italy. Gilt-bronze ' ovolo and dart ' edge rim and bowls , gilt-bronze knopped stem and raised on 'verde antico'/green marble bases. Bas-relief design of a dancing bacchanalian procession with Dionysus (God of wine) and Ariadne , with twin satyr-mask handles. Some minor discolouration to interior of one vase bowl. The marble original now in Louvre Museum , Paris, having been removed from Italy by Napoleon.
H 9.5"
W 7"
France c. 1860
Ref: MLBO 1411
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Late C19th bronze fountain modelled as cherub riding astride shell upon foaming waves.
Late C19th bronze fountain modelled as cherub riding astride shell upon foaming waves . Good light verdigris colour and with water connection spout to rear . Well-cast figure with conche-shell atop scroll waves . Excellent condition . H 24" W 16" D 16"
Ref: ML 1315
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Pair of C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases.
Pair of C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze vases. Well-cast copies of the 'Townley' vase, which is now housed in the British Museum. The 'Townley' vase is a large Roman marble vase of the 2nd Century BC, discovered in 1773 by the Scottish antiquarian and dealer, Gavin Hamilton whilst excavating a Roman villa near Lazio, Italy. The name comes from the English collector Charles Townley, who purchased the vase from Hamilton in 1774 for 250. The British Museum purchased it after his death in 1805. The ovoid vase has volute handles in the style of a pottery Krater or wine vessel. It is carved in bas-relief with a Bacchanalian procession, with vine-leaf decoration and birds-head handles. Good scale pair of vases , with some minor rubbing to the patination . Fitted with detachable liners. H (overall) 12" x W 6". Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLF 144
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Pair of late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronzes after the antique, "Mercury" and "Fortuna".
Pair of late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronzes after the antique ,"Mercury and "Fortuna". Well-cast bronze copies of the models by Renaissance sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608), now housed in the Bargello Museum , Florence ,Italy. Mercury, the Roman messenger to the Gods , is depicted with his winged helmet, winged feet and holding his herald's staff or 'caduceus'. Fortuna , Goddess of luck and good fortune, is depicted wrapped in flowing gowns, holding a cornucopia. Both are raised balanced upon the winds of the Boreas, mounted upon bronze and black marble cylindrical plinths. The cast detail around the plinths showing cherubs or 'amorini' , depicting the Arts. Good original condition , dark patination with some minor wear to colouring of legs from handling, commensurate with age. No damage or losses.
H 20"
Dia.(bases) 5"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML157
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