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    A Bronze Figure of Augustus Caesar

    F. Barbedienne Foundry, Paris, France
    Late 19th century
    Marks: F. Barbedienne Fondeur Paris
    ERRATUM: 42.5 inches tall
    A bronze after the antique marble Augustus Prima Porta which was discovered at Livia's Villa at Prima Porta, Italy, this sculpture of the Roman Emperor Augustus, formerly known as Octavian, depicts Augustus barefoot and heroic, addressing his empire. Dressed in military attire, a small Cupid appears at his feet, a reference to his claimed divine descent from the goddess Venus.

    The marble portrait resides at The Vatican in Rome and is believed to be a copy of the original bronze sculpted circa 20 B.C. This example dates from the late 19th century and is a stunning portrayal of the ruler from the renowned F. Barbedienne Foundry. Augustus appears in the traditional controposto pose. The portrait is clearly of Augustus as his distinct facial features are instantly recognizable - the wide head and deep-set eyes are penetrating with the golden patina adding to the effect of motion. The details of his general's uniform such as the breastplate depiction of the Romans' victory over the Parthians are meticulous. Augustus would deliver his 'Pax Romana', a period of peace to the Roman people through his successes during his 42-year reign.

    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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