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

Good larger-scale carved alabaster reduction of the Greco-Romano Hellenistic bronze version which is now exhibited in the Capitoline Museum, Palazzo dei Conservatori , Rome , where it has been placed since the 1400's.

Known to have been studied by , and to have influenced some of the greatest of the 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 in some of the great museums , Royal and private collections of the world.

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

Well-carved version of this iconic image of the boy shown in intense concentrated focus attempting to remove a thorn from the sole of his foot . The figure is depicted seated upon a rock-work base.

Carved with a 'modesty' fig-leaf.
This study is a good example of the type created by the sculpture studios of Italy to satisfy the demands of wealthy 'Grand Tourists ' seeking souvenir copies of the great works of the classical world.

Excellent original condition.

H 18"
W 7"
D 9"
Italy c. 1880
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £1,150





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Pair of early C19th Chinese Export lacquer wine-bottle coasters.
Pair of early C19th Chinese Export lacquer wine-bottle coasters.

Rare form of Chinese lacquer-work dining room wine-bottle coasters made in China for the European export market . The English equivalent of the period having been made usually in papier-mâché to imitate exotic fashionable Eastern lacquer-ware.

Decorated with hand-painted vignettes of fantasy Oriental scenes interspersed with painted and gilded decoration.

In good original condition, with minor rubbing and minor cracks to the lacquer.

H 2"
D 5.5"
W 5.5"
China c.1825
Ref: ML 1704
Price: £450





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Superb pair of late C19th Chinese Cantonese intricately carved nacre shells mounted on their original bespoke period carved hardwood stands.
Superb pair of late C19th Chinese Cantonese intricately carved nacre shells mounted on their original bespoke period carved hardwood stands.

Brilliantly carved 'mother of pearl ' or nacre sea-shells with continuous intricate richly detailed designs all over the interior nacre-shell lustre surfaces. The contrasting landscape scenes depicting fantastical Chinese life with mountains and pagodas , one with warriors at battle to the centre. One shell with a beautifully detailed carved fish to the edge.

Displayed upon their original detachable carved blackwood or hardwood stands, with flower-stem and peony flower-head decoration.

The quality of the workmanship being the finest of its type we have seen .

H (full) 13"
H (shell) 8"
D 3"
W 10.5"
China , Canton c.1890
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,600





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Pair of late C18th George III period 'faux' or simulated rouge marble wooden Tuscan columns.
Pair of late C18th George III period 'faux' or simulated rouge marble wooden Tuscan columns .

Smart pair of C18th architectural interior columns in the form of the Tuscan order. The partial gilt decorated capitals with 'egg-and-dart' ovolo carved decoration . The gently tapering rouge marbled pine shafts of the columns with well-executed simulation, the ringed bases onto a square section plinth foot.

Have been the subject of some historic over-decoration and restoration to the paint finish and gilding .

A stunning decorative period architectural statement for an interior scheme.

H 89"
W 10"
D 10"
Base 12" Sq.
England c.1770
Ref: ML 1703
Price: £2,400





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C19th cast-iron 'Country-house' boot- scraper of rare form .
C19th cast-iron 'Country-house' boot-scraper of unusual form .

Good large-scale boot-scraper decorated on the ends with lions ,after the models sculpted by Antonio Canova in 1792 for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII , in St.Peter's Basilica, Rome .

Often portrayed as souvenirs from the 'Grand Tour' , the 2 prone lions adorn many grand houses and museums in different decorative forms .

Removed from a Country-house property in Wiltshire . Has 3 slatted bars upon which to scrape the soles , and an open section into which to place the boot heel. Raised on an architectural stepped-plinth rectangular base

A smart and practical boot-scraper of rare design.

Old paint finish .

H 6"
W 18"
D 12"
England c.1830
Ref: ML 1704
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