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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 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze figure of "The Dancing Faun of Pompeii". After the Antique excavated at Pompeii in 1830 , now in Museo Nazionale Naples, Italy. Nice verdegris 'aged' patination and good detailed casting with good muscular definition. H 12". Italy c.1890
Ref: MLB135
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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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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 sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere"
C19th 'Grand Tour' souvenir bronze sculpture after the antique "Apollo Belvedere". High quality large-scale bronze version of the celebrated marble figure from Classical Antiquity known as "Apollo Belvedere" or "Pythian Apollo". Re-discovered in Central Italy in the late C15th Rennaisance period, originally displayed in the 'Cortile della Statue' of the Belvedere Palace within the Vatican (hence its title),it is now housed in the Octagonal Court of the 'Museo Pio Clementino' ,Vatican ,Rome. The Greek god Apollo is depicted posed as an archer having just shot an arrow, possibly having just slain the serpent python guarding Delphi in Greek mythology . Portrayed in contrapposto stance , a robe or 'chlamys' draped around his neck and arm , his curled hair held in a 'strophium' , a band symbolic of gods and kings. he is entirely nude except for his sandals , a quiver of arrows across his left shoulder. Copies of this iconic image are present in some of the greatest public and private collections of the world. Excellent condition and good consistent patination . The statue mounted and raised upon a shallow black and white striated marble plinth base.
H 24" .
Base 9" x 9 "
Italy c. 1880
Ref: MLAF 1412
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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 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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C19th Indian carved teak hexagonal centre table.
C19th Indian carved teak hexagonal centre table . Wonderfully carved six-sided table of imposing scale .Densely carved top and frame ,with alternating pattern of intricate 'pinjra', or 'bird-cage' work panels to the sides. Floral carving to the top and frame together with bands of flower-head carving. Leaf-carved and turned legs with bulbous carved feet.Incorporates typical Indian architectural design elements such as the 'Jali ' or 'Pinjra' open-work ,though probably made for the European market in demand from such retailers as Tiffany or Libertys for the fashionable 'Orientalist' style. Quality timber and in mint condition. Made in Northern India , probably Simla or Kashmir. H 28 "x Dia.(Edge to edge)25 ". India c 1890.
Ref: MLCD 1311
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C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'Shisham' (Indian rosewood) octagonal occasional table.
C19th Indian ivory-inlaid 'Shisham' (Indian rosewood) octagonal occasional table. On arcaded and panelled folding hinged base, with ebony and ivory chevron edge to top. Fine ivory foliate and geometric inlaid designs and ebony chequering .Cleaned and waxed. Some old minor re-placements to inlay , but no losses. Practical size W 24" x H 24". Probably made in Hoshiarpur in the Punjab, North India. c 1890.
Ref: MLMC137
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C19th Indian or Burmese finely carved teak circular occasional table on elephant trunk supports.
C19th Indian or Burmese finely carved teak or padouk circular occasional table standing on 3 elephant- trunk supports each holding a flask. Superior quality timber with profuse tightly-carved all-over decoration ,and central figural panel . Ivory/bone tusks .H 25" Dia 24". India c 1870.
Ref: MLCA 139
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C19th inlaid satinwood urn stand.
C19th inlaid satinwood urn stand . Very finely inlaid octagonal flower-head inlaid top , swags on frieze and gilt-brass mounts ,tapering legs on to brass ball feet and fitted with a slide .H 27" Top W 12". England c 1890
Ref: MLL137
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C19th Italian "Grand Tour" souvenir specimen marble and micro-mosaic table-top roundel.
C19th Italian "Grand Tour" souvenir specimen marble and micro-mosaic table-top roundel . Smart specimen marble and hardstone-inlaid roundel with central micro-mosaic vignette to the centre depicting the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum . Malachite border surrounding the Forum mosaic which depicts the Temple of Vespasian, Temple of Saturn and the Arch of Constantine , with the ruined columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux ,and column of Phocas in the background. The 'fanned' edge and inner panel divided by the lines of the slate-base body . The numerous multi-coloured specimen examples of marbles and hardstones featuring amongst others, porphyry , 'rice' porphyry , siena ,rosso, and giallo marbles, and various onyx samples. In excellent original condition.
Diameter 15.5"
Italy c.1860
Ref: MLTH 154
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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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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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C19th Italian carved lime-wood relief panel.
C19th Italian carved lime-wood relief panel . Highly decorative lime-wood cartouche carving mounted on a painted pine panel. Central lion's head mask surrounded by laurel wreath and floriate carving . The mounting panel painted dark green with a claret-red coach-line border. Probably conceived as a door or coach armorial panel .
H 24" x W 18.5" x D (of lion mask)5".
Italy c.1850
Ref: MLBB 1410
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C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood, bone and motherofpearl shall marquetry inlay.
C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood,bone and motherofpearl shell marquetry inlay.

Smart Italian table or jewellery casket with all-over classical style foliate and flower-head marquetry inlay ,with motherofpearl shell and bone flower-head design details.

The lid with moulded edge with conforming mould to base. The interior with original crimson red velvet lining , the base with similar covering. Fitted with twin brass hinges and steel lock (key missing)

Has suffered a small area of water damage to inlay of lid , and some minor losses to some leaves of motherofpearl inlay.

H 5.5"
D 11"
W 14.5"

Ref: ML169
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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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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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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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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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