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C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture ,after the antique, of "Spinario" or "The Thorn Puller".
C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir sculpture ,after the antique, of "Spinario" or "The Thorn Puller".

Originally recorded as seated outside the Lateran Palace , Rome, in 1165, the celebrated Roman marble sculpture from the Medici collections ,is now exhibited in a corridor at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence , Italy.

The Greco-Romano Hellenistic bronze version is now housed in the Capitoline Museum, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome , where it was placed in the 1400's.

Known to have been studied by , and to have influenced some of the greatest Renaissance sculptors such as Michelangelo . Copies of the statue were gifted to ,and commissioned by ,the Kings and aristocrats of Europe throughout the C16th . Examples can be found amongst the collections of the great aristocratic and Royal houses and museums of the world .

"Lo Spinario" or "Il Fidele" (The Faithful) was thought by some scholars, to depict a faithful lowly shepherd boy who having delivered a message to the Roman Senate ,his errand run , has stopped to remove the thorn from his foot. However, later thinking is that the sculpture's origins pre-date this theory .

Well carved and good scale version of the iconic image of the boy shown in intense concentrated focus attempting to remove a thorn from the sole of his foot. The base of the sculpture having been worked as rock ,upon which he is seated.

Excellent original condition with no breaks ,chips, repairs or damage.

H 12"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy c.1890
Ref: ML 169
Price: £800





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Early C19th Regency period carved marble sculpture of a hound.
Early C19th Regency period carved marble sculpture of a hound .

Sculpted in white Carrara marble , well carved study of a dog in a lying prone alert pose. Carved from a single piece of marble with integral canted corner plinth base .

The rear haunches depicted with the legs and tail wrapped and folded underneath the prone body . Good definition and detail to the paws and claws, the mouth partially open exposing teeth . The raised head of slightly naive design .

Charming Regency period sculpture in good original condition with no damage or repairs . The marble of a polished patina and creamier in colour than in photographs.

H 4"
W 8"
D 5"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1701
Price: £800





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture group after Giambologna "The Abduction of the Sabine Women".
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved alabaster sculpture group after Giambologna "The Abduction of the Sabine Women".

Expertly carved alabaster sculptural group after the iconic C16th marble original now situated in the Loggia dei Lanza in Piazza Della Signoria , Florence , Italy . The "Kidnapping of the Sabine Women" is an episode in the legendary history of Rome , traditionally dated to 750 BC , in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighbouring Sabine families.

The sculptural group completed in 1582 , is considered the masterpiece of C16th Italian-Flemish sculptor Giambologna and was carved from a single block of white marble.

This alabaster reduction also carved from a single block of stone ,has sadly acquired some damage and losses , but nonetheless is a skilful and largely intact representation which conveys the power and striking visual impact of the original .

The fingers of the hands of both the raised woman and the two male figures have both been damaged and missing . In addition it has some historic 'country-house' repairs to the raised arm of the woman and the head of the main male figure.

The alabaster has acquired , through natural aging and polishing , a lustrous 'skin' or surface, giving the appearance of white statuary marble .

H 22"
W 6"
D 6"
Italy c. 1880
Ref: ML 1611
Price: £800





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Interesting C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture of a seated Poodle.
Interesting C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture of a seated Poodle .

Well -executed study of a seated Standard Poodle , in the early C18th style . Shown with its mouth open and head to one side , the coat shown with traditional 'Continental Clip' with shaven hind-quarters and pomponed legs .

Good attention to detail with fur and skin definition , well-carved snout ,eyes and teeth ,the legs with good carved paw detail.

Carved from white and grey veined alabaster, mounted on a fixed ,canted-corner plinth base with cavetto sides.

Some evidence of minor historic repairs ,and some historic cracks and fissures to the stone.

Standard Poodles were breed principally in Germany during the C15th ,but their popularity spread throughout Europe , traditionally used as water-dogs and retrievers in the sporting field .

H 14.5"
W 8"
D 5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 167
Price: £750





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Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster busts of "Petrarca" and "Laura"
Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster busts of "Petrarca" and "Laura".

Well-carved rare companion pair of miniature library/desk-top busts of the Italian Renaissance scholar and poet Francesco Petrarca (anglicised as Petrarch) and his 'muse' and inspiration, Laura de Noves. Petrarca (1304-1374)is often referred to as the "Father of Humanism" , whose sonnets and poems were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance . His re-discovery of the letters of Cicero is often credited as initiating the C14th Renaissance, and in 1341 he became the first poet laureate since antiquity and was crowned on the holy grounds of Rome's Capitol. Born in Arezzo ,Petrarca gave up his vocation as a priest when the sight of Laura in the church of Sainte-Claire d'Avignon awoke in him a lasting passion. Already married , Laura refused him and his unrequited passions were channeled into love poems. Both titled on the base of bust sections, raised on integral turned socles. Petrarca portrayed with a period head-covering and laurel wreath ,Laura shown with her hair tied in a distinctive chignon style.

Chip to rear base of Laura study.

H 9"
Italy c. 1870
Ref: ML1412
Price: £700





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Late C19th Italian carved alabaster figure "The Bather".
Late C19th Italian carved alabaster figure "The Bather".

Beautifully carved figure of "Nymphe descendant au Bain" after the 1757 marble original by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791). Capturing Venus or Aphrodite imagery , the sculpture depicts an innocent young woman extending her leg shyly towards the water.

This highly regarded sculpture by the famous French artist, is recognised as capturing the sensual moment when a young girl becomes a woman. This well-executed version in pure white alabaster is signed on the rear edge "D. Cicchelli". The sculpture stands upon a contrasting turned socle base of black and white striated alabaster. Has a minor hair-line 'crack' to neck which could be a joint to the stone when carved.

Italy , probably Naples or Rome c. 1870.
H 10.5"
Dia.(of base) 5".
Ref: MLFB 146
Price: £550





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Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.
Late C19th Italian 'Grand Tour ' souvenir carved serpentine marble study of "Il Porcellino" or the Ufizzi boar.

Skilfully carved from Italian green serpentine marble .

The original bronze sculpture was cast by Baroque Master Pietro Tacca (1577-1640) after a Hellenistic marble original now on display in the Ufizzi Museum, Florence, Italy. Tacca's bronze can now be seen in the Museo Bardini , Palazzo Mozzi. Traditionally coins were fed to to the boar for good luck and rubbing the snout ensured a return to Florence, hence the polished nose. The boar is based on the Calydonian boar of Greek Mythology.

A bronze casting now stands in the Mercato Nuovo close by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence , and is one of the city's tourist attractions .

Nice small-scale copy with excellent attention to detail with well-carved features , faithfully copying the original.

In excellent condition, with no damage ,chips or repairs.

H 5"
W 5.5"
D 3.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML1704
Price: £450





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C19th carved white statuary marble bust of "Flora" .
C19th carved white statuary marble bust of "Flora". Beautifully carved marble study of the Roman mythological goddess of flowers and the season of Spring, a symbol for nature and flowers. In Greek mythology she was known as the nymph "Chloris" .This elegant study shows the goddess dressed in a loose toga or shoulder-buttoned 'chiton', with a garland of flowers around her head, her hair tied back in a ribbon . She bears a serene, calm expression ,with a hint of a smile playing on her lips. Mounted on the original turned socle base , and with carved open "hollow" back. The reverse bears a signature for Edward Hodges Baily R.A ,(sic "E.H.Baily R.A" ) but despite the undoubted quality of the sculpture , we believe this to be a later inscription . (E.H.Baily 1788-1867 was a renowned sculptor of Bristol origin , whose works included the study of Nelson for the column in Trafalgar Square, London.) The sculpture has spent some recent years outside beneath a garden loggia ,and has acquired some weathering and a minor repaired chip to both the socle rim and to a ribbon to the back of her hair onto the neck. Importantly no deep damage to the surface has occurred and the face in particular, retains a smooth polished finish .Would work equally as well as an interior piece ,as it would in an orangery, conservatory or garden setting.
H 24" x W 20" x D 10"
England c. 1840
Ref: MLAC 1412
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Late C19th terracotta library bust study of the infamous Roman Emperor "Caracalla"
Late C19th terracotta library bust study of the infamous Roman Emperor "Caracalla". The Emperor born Lucius Septimus Bassianus, was Roman Emperor (211-217 AD) and thence known as Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, and nick-named "Caracalla" after the hooded Gallic cloak he wore and popularised. This famous image modelled here in terracotta , captures the infamous scowl and suspicious glare of the subject, and depicts him as a soldier wearing his cloak with short-cropped hair ,beard and an aggressive expression . The cloak is patinated to resemble verdegris bronze , whilst the portrait head and socle are neutral terracotta. The bust study is known as of the 'Sole-Ruler' type ,dating to the period after Caracalla murdered his brother and co-emperor ,Geta. During his period as Emperor he was infamous for his ruthless approach and the numerous assassinations and eliminations of his rivals and perceived enemies. Versions of this image can be found in the great collections and museums of the world, including The Capitoline,Rome ; Museo Nazionale ,Naples; The Vatican Museum and the British Museum. In excellent condition.
H 26" x W 20".
Italy c.1890
Ref: MLMA 1410
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Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici" lions.
Pair of C19th Italian carved alabaster 'Grand Tour' souvenir "Medici" lions. Well-carved models of "The Medici Lions" standing on detachable stepped plinths beneath glass domes onto ebonised wooden bases with crimson velvet lining. These famous lions with their paws resting on a sphere, now guard the steps to the 'Loggia dei Lanzi' in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence , Italy. The pair were relocated to Florence in 1787 from the Villa Medici in Rome ,the original single ancient marble lion sculpture being from 2nd century BC having been restored in 1598 . This is now paired with the companion "Leone" carved by Flaminio Vacca between 1594 and 1598. Both of these alabaster lions in mint condition , with no damage or repairs. Great carved detail to mane and body , with rib detail to flanks, standing on naturalistic bases. Glass domes perfect . H (domes)11" x W (domes on base )14". Lions H.8" x W.9 "x D.4 ". Italy c 1880.
Ref: MLBW 1311
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C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Dannecker.
C19th Italian carved alabaster sculpture "Ariadne on the Panther" after Heinrich Danneker.

Carved alabaster sculpture after the marble original by Heinrich Danneker (German b. 1758 Stuttgart d. 1841).

This masterpiece by Dannecker is considered by some to be a 'modern' classic and is perhaps one of the best known and important German sculptures of the 19th century. The sculpture shows the Greek goddess Ariadne , lying in divine nakedness on one of Dionysus' panthers.
Completed in 1824, it was heavily damaged by bombing at Frankfurt in October 1943 , and it's restoration was only completed in 1978. It is now exhibited at the Liebeg-Haus in Frankfurt.

In Greek Mythology , Ariadne , having been abandoned by Theseus , is comforted by Bacchus/Dionysus on the island of Naxos and carried to him , her head crowned with a garland of grape leaves , on a panther.

This well-executed and detailed scale reduction in carved alabaster , is an accurate copy of the iconic original .

Minor historic professional restoration to fingers of one hand and a repaired break to tail of the panther.

H 15"
W 14"
D 6"
Italy c.1870

Ref: ML169
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Impressive C20th cast composition 'stone' bust study of "Ares" ,the Greek God of War.
Impressive C20th cast composition 'stone' bust of "Ares" , the Greek God of War. Detailed large-scale classical study of the God depicted wearing his plumed /figural head-dress or helm , raised on a turned integral socle base .One of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera , in Greek literature Ares often represents the physical, violent untamed aspect of war, whilst also being known as the adulterous lover of Aphrodite. The Roman god counter-part was known as "Mars". This sculpture has been removed from a court-yard setting where the surface has gained a great naturally-weathered patina and surface, whilst it has not incurred any physical damage . A stunning decorative statement, indistinguishable in finish and size from an important and highly valuable marble equivalent.
H 37" x W 15" x D 12".
England c. 1930
Ref: MLF 1501
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique, carved marble reduction of the Tomb of Scipio.
Ci9th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir ,after the antique , carved marble reduction of the sarcophagus from the Burial chamber of the Scipios . A small-scale white statuary carrara marble model of the Roman sarcophagus tomb of the 3rd Century AD consul Lucius Cornelius Barbatus , of the Scipioni family . A Roman consul and war hero whose leadership led to victory over the Etruscans at the battle near Volterra in 298 BC . The Tombs of the Scipios discovered in 1614 , in a vineyard near Porta Capena on the Via Appia, Rome.
Well-carved desk-top model with dentil , rosette, tryglyph and guttae classical decoration elements , the 'lid' with foliage scrolll ends . Fully inscribed to the leading edge and body of the tomb. "Cornelius C.N.F . Scipio " and Latin text describing the deeds of this famous scion of the patrician Scipioni family of Ancient Rome. (Full text and translation available)
Raised upon a black marble block plinth . No chips,repairs or damage . Some minor staining /discolouration to left hand top scroll of tomb 'lid'. Constructed in one piece with 'fixed' lid.
The original carved in grey tufa stone, now preserved in the Vatican's Museo Pio Clementino Rome, having been rediscovered in 1780.
W 6"
H 3.5"
D 2"
Italy c.1820
Ref: ML 159
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Late C19th/early C20th neo-classical terracotta statue "Venus Italica" after Canova.
Late C19th /early C20th neo-classical terracotta statue "Venus Italica" after Canova.

Well-modelled terracotta sculpture after an 1812 marble original sculpted by Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova's famous white marble Venus Italica is in the Pitti Palace , Florence , Italy . Taking its inspiration from the antique Greco-Romano copy of a Hellenistic Aphrodite rising from the Sea, it draws its influences from other versions of Venus Pudica (Venus concealing her modesty) in antiquity. Ludovici I , King of Etruria ,
gave Canova the commission for the original figure in 1802 , asking him to interpret the magnificent white marble Venus de Medicis , which at the time was in France, having been seized and carried off by Napoleon (Now returned to Florence and in the Uffizi). In the Pitti Palace this sculpture stands in the 'Sala di Venere' ( 'Room of the Venus' ).

Canova created several versions of the subject , working on his Venus Italica from 1804 until its completion in 1812. Canova's neo-classical adaption portrays the beautiful goddess clutching drapery to her breast in a gesture both seductive and coy.

The Italian Antonio Canova is regarded as the greatest of the neo-classical artists, famous for his marble sculptures.

Good large-scale decorative neo-classical statue in excellent condition with no damage or repairs . Has weathering , moss and lichen due to exposure to the elements from its previous location as a garden centrepiece.
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Would enhance an interior or exterior scheme.

H 47"
W 16"
D 16"
England or Italy c.1900
Ref: ML 1611
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Pair of C19th Italian carved serpentine marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir lions.
Pair of C19th Italian carved serpentine marble 'Grand Tour' souvenir lions. Well-executed pair of lions depicting the Antonio Canova (1757-1822) originals sculpted from marble In 1792 for the monumental tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St.Peter's Basilica in Rome (see photo below). The sleeping lion is symbolic of the Popes moderation, whilst the vigilant lion represents his energetic work. The green serpentine marble has a rich colour and good figuring (being named 'serpentine' in its resemblance to snake- skin). Good condition with no damage or repairs . L 7" x H 4" x D 3". Italy c.1880
Ref: MLBO 144
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir "faux" book volume containing series of plaster intaglios of the works of Bertel Thorvaldsen by Paoletti, Rome.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir "faux" book volume containing series of plaster intaglios of the works of Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1838) by Paoletti ,Rome."Opere di Thorwaldsen" (sic) contained in a double-sided binding and hand-scripted ink indices to inside covers . Produced by Bartolomeo and Pietro Paoletti of Rome (signed lower inside rear board ) the gilt-foil edged intaglios showing some of the famous works of the renowned Danish neo-classical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen . Titled on edge of spine, with marble paper outer, blue-paper lined inners. .The binding in card and gilt-tooled leather. Complete set of 25 intaglios all in excellent original condition .Paoletti's studio in 'Piazza di Spagna, Roma', produced these volumes as fashionable souvenirs for wealthy 'Grand Tourists'. The "book" worn , and hinges loose. Good 'Country House' library /scholars reference. Provenance: Private collection of a Worcestershire gentleman.
10" x 6" x 2".
Italy c. 1820
Ref: MLBB 101
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Early C19th cased-set of Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios.
Early C19th cased-set of Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir plaster intaglios . Comprising of two stacking deal trays with outer box ,containing 100 plaster intaglio impressions . Principally profile cameo studies of philosophers and scholars , all complete with no damage. With gilt-foil and yellow paper surrounds mounted upon a 'sea-green' paper background . The inner lid with printed paper trade label in French . Produced in Rome by "Thomas Cades ,Graveur en Pierre fines, Rue de Cours No 436 au Second Etage ". Cades is listed in "Manuel de Voyager en Italie..." by Audin 1835, as a producer of intaglios and gems. Manufactured as souvenirs for rich 'Grand Tourists' and scholars , these fine intaglios were a feature of libraries and classical collections throughout the world .Could be framed and mounted as wall-hanging pictures.
H (of trays) 12.5"
W 8"
D 1.5"
Italy c.1870
Ref: MLAF 1410
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Early C19th Regency period carved statuary marble fire-surround tablet of classical design , probably depicting Cybele.
Early C19th Regency period carved statuary marble fire-surround tablet of classical design , probably depicting Cybele .

Well-executed deeply carved white marble panel depicting the Greek goddess Cybele with her chariot and lion , raising a ritual cup of wine. The Greek goddess Cybele was a cult followed by the Romans and a Temple was constructed on Palatine Hill in her honour . Cybele was the mistress of wild nature (symbolised by her constant companion , the lion) a healer, the goddess of fertility and Protectress in time of war.

Smart marble tablet in excellent condition , mounted on a wooden panel back .

H 7"
W 15"
D 2"
England c.1820
Ref: ML 1611
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C19th carved "Black Forest" study of the 'Lion of Luzern'
C19th carved "Black Forest" study of the 'Lion of Luzern'. A 'Grand Tour' souvenir carved in linden wood ( lime ), based upon the stone lion monument in Luzern , Switzerland. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the Swiss Guard who were massacred in 1792 whilst protecting the French Royal Family in the Tuileries Palace, Paris, during the Revolution on August 10th. The inscription along the base translates as "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss" and taken from the original massive stone monument. The mortally wounded lion is shown impaled by a spear ,covering a shield bearing the 'fleur de lys' of the French monarchy,whilst beside him is a shield bearing the Swiss coat-of-arms. The monument designed by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldesen ,was hewn in 1820-21 by Lukas Ahorn in a disused sandstone quarry near Lucerne (see photo below). Faded ,dry, pale patina ,with evidence of extinct wood-worm to reverse.
W 11" x D 4 " x H 5".
Switzerland c.1870
Ref: MLTH 148
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C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir specimen marble obelisk.
C19th Italian 'Grand Tour' souvenir specimen marble obelisk .

Smart desk-top marble obelisk composed of six different varieties of stone . The tapering white marble shaft sits directly onto a slip of figured yellow 'Convent Siena ' marble. Beneath this is a moulded section of 'Nero Marquina' marble onto a tapering block section of 'Nero Belgo' stone . The next lower section is a piece of moulded and stepped pale yellow 'Siena' marble, which in turn rests upon a moulded base plinth of 'Portoro' marble.

Stylish desk-top size obelisk constructed from a well-chosen selection of marble samples.

Has a minor repaired chip to one corner of 'Portoro' marble base. Very minor nicks to the edges of shaft.

H 11.5"
W 4"
D 4"
Italy c.1870
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