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C19th French bronze bust study of Gaius Julius Caesar by F.Barbedienne .
C19th French bronze bust study of Gaius Julius Caesar by F.Bardedienne. Well-patinated bronze study of the great Roman general, statesman and Consul ( July 100 BC- 15 March 44 BC ), who played such a critical role in events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and rise of the Roman Empire. Infamously assassinated in 'The Ides of March' plot by Brutus and his fellow conspirators. The Barbedienne foundry was established in Paris in 1838 by Ferdinand Bardedienne and Achille Collas . Collas had invented a machine that could reduce copies of famous works from the museums of the world, and allowed the foundry to produce miniature copies and in many ways thus allowing the democratisation of art and making it available to many. Bears both foundry mark and 'Collas Reduction' seal stamp .A nice desk-top size study showing Caesar in studious pose .
H 9 "
W 5"
D 4 " .
France c. 1880
Ref: MLMC 1311
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "Narcissus" or "Dionysus"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "Narcissus" or "Dionysus". After the antique excavated at Pompeii in 1862 , now in Museo Nazionale ,Naples Italy. Was perceived to depict the subject gazing and admiring his own reflection in a water-pool, hence the "narcissistic" reference. Dionysus was Greek god of the wine-making , wine and ritual celebrations, and is depicted here with grapes in his hair and carrying a wine skin bag over his shoulder . Good detailed cast of this iconic image probably by 'Chiurazzi et Fils' foundry Napoli. Good consistent patination with slight green tinge and minimal wear or rubbing .
H 12" .
Italy c 1880
Ref: MLMA 139
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Pair of late C19th /early C20th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze miniature bust studies.
Pair of late C19th /early C20th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze miniature bust studies . Smart pair of desk-top classical bronze busts of the gods "Apollo" ,Roman god of music and poetry, and "Minerva" ,Roman goddess of wisdom ,mounted on gilded bronze and white onyx bases . Well-cast detail with a dark patination .
H (overall) 8.5"
H (busts) 5"
Base 3"sq.
Italy c.1900
Ref: MLS 159
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "David".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze statue of "David". Created by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504, the statue of David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Representing the biblical hero , David ,the original colossal 5-metre carrara marble statue now stands in the Galleria dell'Accademia ,Florence ,Italy.
Depicted in contrapposto pose , a pensive expression on his face, his leather sling-shot over his shoulder ,poised before his victorious battle with his giant foe, Goliath.
Good consistent dark patination, nicely-cast ,scaled version of this iconic statue.
H 13"
Base 4" x 3"
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLB 157
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Late C19th Asian bronze study of a caparisoned elephant.
Late C19th Asian bronze study of a caparisoned elephant. Partial/parcel gilt decoration to ceremonially-dressed walking cast-bronze elephant .Integrally cast tusks ,together with nicely modelled tail, trunk ,ears and eye detail. Some wear to gilded decoration commensurate with age ,and minor casting flaws. L 20" x H 14" x D 8". Thailand or Burma c. 1900.
Ref: MLCA 1312
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Spinario"
C19th 'Grand Tour ' souvenir bronze figure "Spinario " or "The Thorn-puller". After the Antique now in Capitoline Museum ,Rome ,Italy. H 8"
Ref: ML 6a
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Late C19th French or Italian bronze lion-mask wall-mount.
Late C19th French or Italian bronze lion-mask wall-mount. Interesting bronze lion-mask ,possibly conceived as a door handle to take a ring , but no wear to indicate such .
Smart piece of wall decoration .
Depicts a fierce male lion with bared teeth and mane detail .

Has holes at rear to enable hanging.

Some minor rubbing to high-points.

H 8"
W 8"
D 6"
France or Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML 167
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Pair of late C19th bronze miniature 'Grand Tour' souvenir busts of "Plato" and "Ariadne".
Pair of late C19th bronze miniature 'Grand Tour' souvenir busts of Plato and Ariadne .

Well cast pair of desk-top bust studies of the Ancient Greek subjects , raised on octagonal socle bases. Individually scripted on the front of bases, "Platone " and "Ariadne".

Plato is one the world's best known ,most widely-read and studied philosophers. A student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle , he wrote in the middle of the 4th Cenury B.C.E in Ancient Greece.
Ariadne in Greek Mythology , was the immortal wife of the wine-God, Dionysus.

Good consistent patination . Ariadne bust with slight rear tilt on base .
H 7"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 1510
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C19th 'Grand Tour' bronze figure known as "Narcissus "
C19th 'Grand Tour' bronze figure of "Narcissus" or "Dionysus". After the antique discovered at Pompeii 1862 now in Museo Nazionale Naples.Well-cast example probably Chiurazzi Foundry ,Naples, Italy .Good consistent colour .H 11"
Ref: ML 2
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Pair C19th French bronze 'Marly Horses'.
Pair C19th French bronze 'Marly Horses'. After the originals in marble by Guilluame Coustou 1677-1746, commissioned by Louis XV in 1739 for the pleasure gardens at the Chateau de Marly. "The Horse Tamers " are now housed in the Louvre Paris , while a cast pair now stand on plinths in the Place de la Concorde at the top of the Champs Elysee in Paris. Well modelled and detailed cast versions with rich patination . France c 1870. H 8" x W 7".
Ref: MLL 713
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Late C19th /early C20th cast bronze scale model of an C18th cannon mounted upon wheeled carriage.
Late C19th/early C20th cast bronze scale model of an C18th cannon mounted upon wheeled carriage.

Well-detailed desk-top model of an C18th bronze cannon artillery piece ,mounted upon a bronze 'skeleton' carriage with stepped sides ,fitted with open spoked wheels . The open-ended cannon barrel with 4-ring detail , touch-hole and knop terminal. The wheels with pin detail for removal .

Heavy quality bronze casting, of good colour and patination .

H 4"
W 3"
D 9"
Barrel 8"
England c.1900
Ref: ML 1612
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C19th Italian Venetian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the Lion of St. Mark.
C19th Italian Venetian bronze 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture of the Lion of St. Mark .

Well-cast miniature bronze reduction of the Lion of St.Mark representing the evangelist St.Mark , portrayed as a winged lion holding a bible. The lion is the symbol of the city of Venice and formerly of the Republic of Venice. The original ancient full-size winged lion sculpture is situated atop one of the twin marble columns at the entrance of the Piazzetta di San Marco adjacent to Piazza San Marco , Venice. Placed there in the 12th century , it was temporarily removed by Napoleon in 1797 and taken to Paris as to underscore his conquest of the Venetian Empire.

Venetian tradition is that St.Mark arrived at the Venetian lagoon whilst travelling through Europe , when an angel appeared to him and told him that here was where his body would rest. St. Mark represented as a lion is a typical Christian iconography.

In excellent condition ,with good consistent dark patination.

H 3"
W 7"(inc. tail)
D 2.5"
Italy, Venice c.1870
Ref: ML 1611
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture reduction of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture reduction of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii" .

Verdigris 'faux excavation' patina, and cast by the Sommer Foundry of Naples , with inscribed signature to the base "Sommer, Napoli".

The original , now exhibited at the 'Museo Archeologico Naples', was excavated at ill-fated Pompeii in 1830 from the site of the 'House of the Faun' ( 'Casa del Fauno') where it had been positioned at the lip of the "impluvium", a basin used to collect rain-water.

Nice smaller-scale example of this iconic image of the bearded, horned and tailed dancing mythical woodland 'faun' creature , depicted dancing in an ecstatic pose.

H 10"
W 3"
D 4"
Italy c.1880
Ref: ML 169
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury "
C19th 'Grand Tour ' souvenir bronze figure "Mercury" after the antique. Also known as "Hermes" was messenger to the gods in mythology .Shown seated on a rock with winged sandals .Original excavated at Herculaneum in C18th now in Museo Nazionale Naples ,Italy. H 7"L 5"
Ref: ML4
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Late C19th bronzed desk-top bust study of "Ajax", after the antique.
Late C19th bronzed desk-top bust study of "Ajax" , after the antique.


Well-modelled bronze patinated copper electrotype bust probably produced by Elkington & Co. Ltd. The bearded and helmeted classical bust study of Ajax looking to dexter , raised on a socle base.

The Greek Ajax was the son of Telamon , the King of Cyprus , he was the ruler of Salamis and a hero of the Trojan Wars.
The study is after a copy by Giambologna ,Italian ,1570, of the Greek original by Antigenes.

Good dark bronzed patination with atmospheric copper highlights .

H 12"
W 6"
D 4"
England c.1890
Ref: ML 1611
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C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "Narcissus" or "Dionysus"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "Narcissus" or "Dionysus". After the antique excavated at Pompeii in 1862 , now in Museo Nazionale ,Naples.
Good detailed cast of this iconic image by the Sommer Foundry of Naples and signed to base "Sommer Napoli " . Dark patination with some rubbed highlights from handling . H 9". c. 1890
Ref: ML 1350
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C19th French bronze study of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
C19th French bronze study of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Mounted on siena marble (marmo giallo) base ,well-modelled study of Napoleon dressed in full uniform, gloves in hand, in contemplation with charts laid out before him , astride a dilapidated chair on a naturalistic cast base. Possibly a study showing him in repose before battle.... or maybe in defeat? Base 6" x 3" H 5".France c 1850
Ref: MLLE139
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C19th Italian bronze Renaissance-design ewer.
C19th Italian bronze Renaissance-design ewer. Well-cast bronze ewer with leaf-cast handle and highly-decorated body with ribbons, garlands and sun motif. Good consistent dark patina.
H (top of handle)11"
W 5"
Italy c.1875
Ref: MLH 156
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Late C19th French 'animalier' bronze study of cock pheasant after Pierre Jules Mene
Late C19th French 'animalier' bronze study of cock pheasant after Pierre Jules Mene .Nicely modelled and finely cast bronze on naturalist base signed P.J.MENE .Good consistent patination . W (base)6" W (overall)10" x H 4" x D 3". c. 1890
Ref: ML1352
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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir miniature bronze bust study of Augustus Caesar.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir miniature bronze bust study of Augustus Caesar. Inscribed on socle "Augusto", nicely-detailed cast study depicting the young Augustus. The first Roman Emperor ,he was born as Gaius Octavius ,who founded and ruled the Empire from 63 BC-14 AD. During his leadership ,Augustus dramatically increased the size of the Empire and initiated a period of relative peace known as the "Pax Romana". Dark brown patination to the bust sculpture , whilst the socle base has a greenish verdegris tinge reminiscent of marble. Good desk-top size example. H 7.5". Italy c.1880
Ref: MLPS143
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