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    A Pair of Cast and Chiseled Marble Lions

    After Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757-1822), England
    Late 19th/Early 20th century
    Marble
    Unmarked
    24 inches high x 46 inches wide x 17 inches deep

    Each of the recumbent lions with full mane, front paws extending beyond the plinth base and tail at side beneath hind paw, one slumbering, the other awake; each raised on Breccia Aurora Classica rectangular plinth bases.

    The pair of lions offered are full-scale re-creations of those by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) originally created between 1783 and 1792 for installation at the base of the statue of Clement XIII in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.

    Fine re-creations of Canova's lions are included in important collections of marble statuary, including the famous collection of William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire housed at Chatsworth, one of England's most celebrated historic houses.

    Provenance:
    Marjorie Howard, England (1980)




    More information about Antonio Canova, also known as Canova, Antonio, Antonio Canova, Antonio Canova, Marchese d'Ischia.

    Condition Report*: Each with minor damage to one front corner; small areas of paint, apparently exterior house paint; and with superficial black scuff marks, apparently created during previous moves.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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