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Lot 1177: ITALIAN, CIRCA 1900
AFTER THE ANTIQUE | Prima Porta Augustus and the Vatican Antinous
26 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: bronze, brown patina, on green marble and ebonised wood bases
Overall, the bronzes are in a very good condition, with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. Both figures were cast in sections, and there are stable original joints, including a very slightly visible joint at Antinous' upper arms. There is a slightly open joint at Augustus' proper right arm, where a plug is also visible: it is possible that the arm has been reattached. There is some minor scratching in areas. The support behind Augustus' proper right leg is cast separately. Both staffs are slightly warped. There is minor rubbing to the high points of the patina of both casts, and to Antinous' chest. There are some minor nicks, including to Antinous' cloak at the bottom on the reverse. The bases are in a very good condition, with some veining to the marble consistent with the material. There are some nicks and chips to the edges of the wood.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Antinous: 61cm., 24in.
Augustus: 53cm., 21in.
bases: 14cm., 5 1/2 in.
Medium: bronze, brown patina, on green marble and ebonised wood bases