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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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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze , after the antique' , "Discobolus"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze , after the antique , "Discobolus ". Smart bronze reduction of the iconic marble original of the Greek athlete poised to hurl the discus. Well-cast copy with fine detail showing the defined musculature and concentration of the subject.

The Discobolus of Myron is a Greek sculpture c .450 BC, the original is lost but is known through numerous Roman copies in both marble and bronze. The first to be discovered was the marble " Palombara Discobolus" , the second notable discovery was made at Hadrians Villa and excavated in 1790. This version was purchased by the English art dealer and antiquary in Rome , Thomas Jenkins , at public auction in 1792. (Another example also found at Tivoli at this date was acquired by the Vatican Museums. ) The English art connoisseur and collector , Charles Townley paid Jenkins 400 for the statue in 1794 and brought it to London. In 1805 it was bought for the British Museum together with the remainder of Townley's marbles , where it remains on exhibition.

Good consistent patination ,with no damage.
H 16"
Dia (base) 6"
Italy or France c.1870
Ref: ML1510
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Pair of C19th French bronze rococo-style urns of Louis XV design.
Pair of C19th French bronze rococo-style urns of Louis XV design . Elaborately-cast pair of twin-handled urns on tre-foil bases with all-over rococo style decoration . Shallow bowl tops .
Stylish mantle-piece urns with good original and consistent patination.
Minor rubbing to high-points.
H 10"
D 6.5"
W 6.5"
France c.1860
Ref: ML164
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Pair of late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze lions after Antonio Canova.
Pair of late C19th bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze lions after Antonio Canova. Well-cast pair of bronze reductions originally sculpted from marble in 1792 by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St.Peters Basilica, Rome. The sleeping lion is symbolic of the Pope's moderation , whilst the vigilant lion represents his energetic work. Good 'chocolate' brown patination with some rubbed highlights to the manes. Copies of various sizes and materials adorn some of the world's greatest houses and institutions, including a pair at Chatsworth the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. L 9" x D 4". Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLAF 148
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of Dionysus .
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique of Dionysus. Good quality and well-defined casting of the iconic image of Dionysus (Greco-Romano God of Wine and the Grape Harvest) ,known as "Narcissus" .The nude figure of the deity is depicted in contrapposto pose , with a deer-skin wine bag draped over his shoulder and grape-vines in his hair, wearing finely-detailed sandals. Mounted on an oblong 'verde antico'/green marble base .Good consistent dark patination. After the original excavated at Pompeii in 1862 ,now residing in the Museo Nazionale, Naples, Italy.
H 16"
Base 10" x 5"
Italy ,Naples c.1880
Ref: MLMAI 1411
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C19th French bronze statue of "Mercury" after Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.
C19th French bronze statue of "Mercury" after Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. This well-cast reduction of Pigalle's most celebrated work shows the messenger to the Gods fastening his winged sandals ("talaria") in order to take flight, whilst resting on a cloud.
Jean-Baptiste Pigalle(1714-1785)became one of the most celebrated sculptors in France during the Rococo period of the eighteenth century. Pigalle studied in Rome before returning to France where he sculpted this original small version of "Mercury" in 1741 from marble and he gained admission to the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris in 1744.Subsequently in 1752 Pigalle was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Academy and received a number of royal commissions.
The marble sculpture is now in the Musee du Louvre ,Paris, whilst its terracotta model resides in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Versions of this iconic image exist in some of the greatest collections of the world, Waddesdon Manor as owned by the Rothschild dynasty being one .
This greenish-brown patinated bronze version , shows "Mercury" leaning down to fasten his wings while gazing upwards to the Heavens, his caduceus laid down by his feet.
H 13"
W 8".
France c. 1870
Ref: MLMJ 147
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C19th 'Grand Tour ' souvenir classical bronze figure "Diane de Gabies" after the antique.
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir classical bronze figure known as "Diane de Gabies "or "The Robing Diana" after the antique. French bronze casting of the marble original excavated in 1792 at the Borghese villa at Gabi ,near Rome by the great antiquarian ,collector and dealer ,Gavin Hamilton .Depicts Diana ,virgin goddess of hunting and wild nature ,robing in draped costume or diplax ,with Grecian sandals standing in classical 'contrapposto' pose. Well-cast and good scale ,with sharp detail and consistent patination .Original now in ' Musee du Louvre ',Paris, having been acquired by The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807 .
H17" Base 6" x 5 ".
France c 1870
Ref: MLTF 139
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze mask of Medusa , mounted upon a pale grey marble panel and set in a gilt-wood frame.
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze mask of Medusa , mounted upon a pale grey marble panel and set in a gilt-wood frame .

Smart cast bronze mask depicting Medusa from Greek mythology, a Gorgon described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in her hair and whose gaze would turn people to stone.

The mask mounted upon a panel of figured grey marble and enclosed in a deeply moulded giltwood frame . The top of the frame set with a large decorative patinated brass 'hanging' ring . The rear fitted with a hanging wire .

A striking image which has been set up and shown in an highly suitable and sympathetic mounting for wall display .

Darkly patinated bronze with minor rubbed high-points to the nose.

H (overall) 10"
W " 10"
D 1.5"
France or Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1703
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Pair of C19th French bronze bust studies of Judges after Comte D'Orsay.
Pair of C19th French bronze busts of Judges after Comte D'Orsay. Well-executed pair of library/desk-top busts of members of French judiciary on white statuary marble cylindrical plinth bases. Both signed and dated to rear , "1846 & 1847" and "Comte D'Orsay Sculpt". The French dandy ,artist and sculptor Alfred-Guillaume Gabriel (1801-1852) was a member of the French peerage and titled The Count of Orsay , and who gained a reputation as a renowned socialite and aesthete .Good detailed castings depicting the subjects in full-bottomed legal wigs and formal court dress lace cravats. H 11 " overall. H (bronze)5.5" & 6". France 1846/7.
Ref: MLC 145
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C19th Grand Tour souvenir French bronze statue of the"Venus de Medici"
C19th Grand Tour souvenir French bronze statue of the "Venus de Medici". Well-cast bronze copy of this iconic statue by a French foundry signed to base 'Gaultere'.Based upon an ancient Hellenistic marble statue, it is recorded at the Villa Medici, Rome in 1638, now shown in Uffizi Gallery (Tribuna) Florence. Also known as Grecian Venus, Marine Venus and Venus Pontia .The Greek goddess of love (known to the Greeks as Aphrodite) is depicted emerging from the sea in modest pose, nude with an emblematic dolphin and winged putti support. The patination is an attractive reddish- gold lacquer, which is resonant of earlier C17th/C18th copies .H 16" Dia. of base 5". France c.1870
Ref: MLB613
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Late C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury"
Late c19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury" on marble base . After Giambologna "Mercury" ,messenger of the Gods ,shown supported on the wind carrying his caduceus .Inscribed to base 'SOMMER NAPOLI ITALY ' H 20"
Ref: ML7a
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C19th cast bronze model of a pacing lion after a model by Giambologna.
C19th cast bronze model of a pacing lion after a model by Giambologna. Superbly modelled variant study of a pacing male lion cast after an illustrious sculpture by the Renaissance master (1529-1608). Great detail and poise , with shaggy mane detail and swept tail .Good consistent patina and colour. A variant of a bronze study shown in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello , Florence ,Italy.

L 5"
D 2"
H 3"
Italy c. 1820
Ref: MLFB 149
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Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction, after the antique, of "The Dying Gaul".
Late C19th Italian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir reduction ,after the antique, of "The Dying Gaul".

Detailed bronze casting of the iconic antique marble statue of the defeated and wounded Gaul.
The marble Roman version now exhibited in The Capitoline Museum , Rome , Italy.

The Hellenistic bronze original thought to have been executed in the 3rd century BC , the marble Roman copy having been rediscovered in the C17th whilst excavations were made at the Villa Ludovisi in Rome.

Depicted naked wearing his neck torc , lain upon his discarded martial equipment , shield and broken sword.

Good dark patination with hints of green and verdigris ,in the antique aged manner.
Fig leaf has been removed previously .

Examples of this iconic sculpture of varying scale, grace the great museums and country-house collections and gardens of the world.

H 7"
W 12"
D 6"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML 168
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique sculpture "The Borghese Gladiator".
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze after the antique sculpture "The Borghese Gladiator". Cast bronze study of the famous original Hellenistic marble statue discovered around 1611 at Anzio south of Rome. Part of the collection in the Villa Borghese until 1807, whence it was sold to Napoleon Bonaparte and it now resides in the Louvre, Paris .A bronze cast was made for King Charles I of England , and versions can be found in great English Country House collections , such as Chatsworth and Houghton Hall. Good consistent dark patination , with some minor rubbed highlights to the head and shoulders. Mounted on a 'Nero Marquina'/striated black marble base.
H 13"
Base 13" x 4.5"
Italy or France c .1880
Ref: MLMAI 1411
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study of "Mercury Resting" after the antique.
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze study of "Mercury Resting" after the antique .Nice scale casting of the iconic statue of demi-god "Mercury" or "Hermes", resting upon a naturalistically cast rocky outcrop. Known in mythology as the messenger to the Gods ,he is depicted naked, sat in his winged sandals with a missive in his left hand. A well-cast copy of the Hellenistic bronze original which was excavated at the Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum in 1758 , and now on display in the 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale ',Naples.
L 8"
H 11"
W 7".
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLBO 1308
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze model of the "Medici Lion".
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze model of the "Medici Lion". Well-cast bronze reduction of one of the famous marble lions situated in The Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence ,Italy. Sculpted on a commission after the ancient Roman original, by Flaminio Vacca (1538-1605)from a marble column capital that derived from the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. Since 1789 the guardian pair have stood upon the steps of the Loggia off the Piazza della Signoria (see photo) ,previously the pair were placed by 1598 at the Villa Medici ,Rome , hence the title. Mid-brown consistent patination.
L 7" x H 5" x D 3".
Italy c 1850
Ref: MLF 149
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Dancing Faun with Clappers" after the antique
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Dancing Faun with Clappers" after the antique. Darkly patinated bronze statue of the iconic woodland faun from Greco-Romano mythology depicted with pointed faun ears ,tail and frenzied facial expression, dancing with cymbals in hands and his right foot upon a 'scabellum '(an Ancient Greek percussion instrument) . Well-cast Neapolitan reduction of the original now in Uffizi (Tribuna),Florence. First recorded in the C17th in the collection of the Duke of Tuscany , the ancient torso attributed to Praxiteles of Athens ,is thought to have had the head and arms replaced by the great Renaisssance master Michelangelo.Versions of the statue grace the great collections and museums of the world , including a large version cast after Massimiliano Soldani Benzi (1648-1740) in the grounds of Blenheim Palace ,Oxfordshire , seat of the Dukes of Marlborough.
H 13".
Naples, Italy c.1880
Ref: MLMJ 148
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Pair C19th patinated bronze and gilt bronze campana-shaped urns.
Pair C19th patinated bronze and gilt bronze campana-shaped urns. Well-cast pair of urns with relief of seated "Brittania" figure to both sides of bodies, garlanded wreaths to sides, 'egg-and-dart' rims ,and gadrooned/fluted bases. Mounted on later quality twin-stepped granite bases. Gilt floriate ovals to handles and gilt rim to bodies. Good pair of classically-inspired campana form urns. H 12" Dia (top) 9 ". England c. 1870.
Ref: MLTF1312
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Pair late C19th 'Grand Tour' spelter vases/urns
Pair late C19th 'Grand Tour' spelter vases. Of Antique volute krater form with all-round Classical decoration. Spelter (zinc alloy) patinated as bronze. Raised on rouge marble bases with detachable interior liners. H 15"
Ref: ML 8
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