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Five Grand Tour Portrait Busts Depicting Homer, Socrates, and Plato

Auction:
2715B
Lot:
203
Sold for:
$1,107$900

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Auction:
European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2715B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
April 05, 2014 10:00AM

Description:

Five Grand Tour Portrait Busts Depicting Homer, Socrates, and Plato, Italy, mid to late 19th century, two terracotta: Plato and Homer after busts in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, each on conforming socle, Plato with impressed label, ht. to 6; two additional depicting Homer: one alabaster, ht. 5 3/4, the other iron on a square black-painted slate base, iron ht. 6; and one white marble depicting Socrates, labeled in iron red and on a brass socle and later imitation marble columnar pedestal, marble ht. 3 3/4, total ht. 10 1/2 in.

Provenance: A copy of a receipt from Jean-Paul Cottin Antiquités, Marché Vernaison, Paris, for the terracotta bust of Homer accompanies the lot.
Estimate $800-1,000

Alabaster Homer with chip to back of neck. All with minor age-typical wear.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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Depicting Homer, Plato, Italy, Uffizi Gallery, Paris

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