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Classical Roman Busts

CLASSICAL ROMAN STYLE

During Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 A.D., Pompeii and Herculaneum in today’s Italy were preserved as they were on the day of their destruction. Particularly at Herculaneum, furnishings were carbonized beneath volcanic ash. This was pivotal to understanding how Classical Roman furniture was designed. Archaeological investigations and printed reproductions of discoveries would influence styles evoking this ancient civilization, from the Renaissance to neoclassicism.

While knowledge of Classical Roman furniture comes from rare surviving pieces, it is also derived from frescoes and sculptures portraying Roman life. Much of Roman art, architecture and design was informed by Greece — Roman architect, military engineer and writer Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, whose timeless De architectura is taught in contemporary architecture classes and pays tribute to classical architecture, visited Greece while working under Julius Caesar and admired the country’s architectural developments. The Roman solium references the Greek thronos, a stately chair of honor with an upright form and footstool. As the Roman Empire spread across Europe and into North Africa and Western Asia, the expansion of trade for silver, silk, marble and wood allowed for more luxurious designs.

Classical Roman furniture was made from bronze, wood and stone — in particular, marble — with ornate touches like tortoiseshell veneers, bone and glass inlays and claw feet. Ornaments depicting lion heads and mythological figures were sculpted from silver, bronze and ivory. Compared to the decorative attention given to the mosaic floors and wall paintings, however, furniture for even a wealthy house was minimal. It focused on the necessities for guests arriving for both socializing and business and the rooms housing family, relatives and enslaved people.

The triclinium dining room had banquet couches, items so prized they were sometimes interred with the deceased. Tall bronze or terracotta candelabras held oil lamps for lighting. Carved marble tables reflected status, while the lararium home shrine demonstrated faith.

Find a collection of Classical Roman decorative objects, tables, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Classical Roman
Beautiful Bust of Bacchus after Richelieu plaster
Located in UTRECHT, NL
Beautiful old bust of Bacchus. The so-called Bucchus of Richelieu. This bust derives from a full-length ancient Roman statue, The so-called bacchus Richelieu after its owner, Cardin...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Late 19th Century Plaster Faux Marble Bust
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Plaster faux marble bust of Antonia, made by D. Brucciani & Co. London, late 19th century. A woman emerging from a calyx of leaf came to represent the nymph Clytie. A copy of the mar...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Mask Voltaire plaster
Located in UTRECHT, NL
This mask of Voltaire (1694-1778) the French enlightment writer, is from the full-length statue, created by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Voltaire was 83 years old when this statue is made of...
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1950s French Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Busto imperatore romano Adriano - materiale composito polvere marmo
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Busto di Adriano imperatore romano. realizzato con impasto di polvere di marmo e resina poliestere, detto marmo ricostituito. dall'aspetto , molto simile al vero marmo, solo un poco ...
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Early 2000s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Other

Testa di Venere scolpita su marmo bianco Carrara - frammento -made in Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura, venere, testa venere, venere marmo, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara, scultura classica, scultura antica, busto anti...
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1990s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

White Plaster Bust of Socrates on a Black Marble Base, around 1940
Located in Berlin, DE
The "White Plaster Bust of Socrates on a Black Marble Base, around 1940" is a striking sculptural piece that pays homage to the ancient Greek philosop...
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1940s French Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Vintage English Caracalla Bust With Associated Plinth
Located in Calgary, Alberta
An English vintage bust after the 3rd Century Roman Emperor Caracalla atop a classical iconic fluted column. Lovely patina. Wonderful patina
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20th Century British Classical Roman Busts

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Cast Stone

Italian Bust of Caesar in Plaster and Fiberglass, around 1960
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful Italian Bust of Caesar in Plaster and Fiberglass was made around 1960 and would be a great Statement piece for your interior. A unique piece which is a great eye-catch...
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1960s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Fiberglass, Plaster

Octavian Augustus bust in clear handmade ceramic made in Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Augustus, Octavian Augustus bust, Sculpture, emperor bust, Octavian bust, Augustus bust, ancient Roman bust, Roman art, classical art, Greek art, bust, refractory clay bust, sculptur...
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2010s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Ceramic

Italian Glazed Ceramic Bust of a Classical Roman by Santa Monica
Located in Houston, TX
Italian glazed ceramic bust of a Classical Roman by Santa Monica. Italian ceramic bust of a Classical Roman with unusual iridescent glaze, marked Santa M...
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1940s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Ceramic

20th Century Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius Marble Bronze Roman Busts
Located in Houston, TX
20th Century Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius bronze and marble Roman busts.
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20th Century Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Grand Tour plaquette of Caesar
Located in 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NL
Plaquette of Ceasar as a Grand Tour souvenir. The head is in Sienna marble on a base of slate stone. Inscription all around.
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1850s Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Siena Marble, Slate

Pietro Bazzanti 19th Century Italian Carrara Marble Bust of Roman Woman
Located in Long Branch, NJ
Pietro Bazzanti 19th Century Italian Carrara Marble Bust of Roman Woman Dimensions : 31" Tall X 24" Wide X 10" Deep This gorgeous marble bust was made by Pietro Bazzanti (1842-1881...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Carrara Marble

Vintage Plaster Composite Bust of Marcus Cicero
Located in Troy, MI
Found in England, this vintage plaster composite bust of Marcus Cicero dates from the 1980s. Classic Roman bust is a timeless piece. Unknown maker. Very good vintage condition.
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1980s English Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Coppia di busti in Ceramica chiara- G. Cesare e Adriano imperatori-made in Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Giulio Cesare, Adriano busto, Scultura, busto imperatore, Busto Giulio Cesare, busto imperatore Augusto, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, busto cre...
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Early 2000s European Classical Roman Busts

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Ceramic

Bust Julius Caesar carved on white and cipolin marble -made in Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Sculpture, emperor bust, Caesar bust, Julius Caesar bust, ancient Roman bust, Roman art, classical art, Greek art, bust, white Carrara marble, classical sculpture, ancient sculpture,...
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1990s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Bronze sculpture Marcus Aurelius
Located in Rome, IT
Description Bronze sculpture Marcus Aurelius. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS, INFORMATION OF THE LOT AND SHIPPING INFORMATION CAN BE REQUEST BY SENDING AN EMAIL. Indicative shipping costs in Ital...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Bronze

A fine pair of 19th c Classical bronzes by Henry Bonnard Bronze Co 1889
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine and rare pair of 19th century Classical Roman bronze heads of Ajax and Minerva. Done by famed American company Henry Bonnard Bronze Co . This com...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Bronze

Busto di faraone egizio, (memento- vanitas ) scolpito su marmo bianco di Carrara
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura, Vanitas, memento, busto egiziano, busto antico, busto faraone, egizio vanitas , arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara, scultura classica, scul...
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Early 2000s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Busto di Ottaviano Augusto in breccia pernice e marmo bianco Carrara -made Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Augusto, Ottaviano Augusto busto, Scultura, busto imperatore, Busto Ottaviano, busto Augusto, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara...
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Early 2000s Italian Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Marble

Busto di Antonino Pio in marmo giallo Siena e marmo bianco Carrara -made Italy
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Antonino Pio, Antonino Pio busto, Scultura, busto imperatore, Busto Antonino, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara, scultura , bus...
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Early 2000s Italian Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Marble

Male Roman Style Carrara Marble Bust
Located in Southall, GB
A stunning marble decorative male bust on a attractive marble plinth base. Skilled craftsmanship is evident in the hand carved features and garments. A imposing piece that would look...
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Late 20th Century European Classical Roman Busts

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Carrara Marble

Torso maschile classico in marmo bianco di Carrara
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura, Torso maschile, arte classica, arte greca, Torso, marmo bianco Carrara, scultura classica, torso antico Torso maschile scolpito su bellissimo ...
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1990s European Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Two Colour Marble Male Roman Style Bust On Black Marble Stand
Located in Southall, GB
A highly decorative two colour marble Roman style bust on a black marble stand. Skilfully carved with clear features, detailing the ruffled hair and beard together with the smooth dr...
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Late 20th Century European Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Marble

Bust of Egyptian pharaoh carved on white Carrara marble
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Sculpture, Egyptian bust, ancient bust, pharaoh bust, Roman art, classical art, Greek art, bust, white Carrara marble, classical sculpture, ancient sculpture, ancient bust, made in I...
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Early 2000s European Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Marble Bust of The Roman God Janus
Located in Southall, GB
A detailed and beautifully carved marble bust of the Roman God Janus. The God of beginnings, endings, time, duality and boundaries, the openings of doorways, gates and passages. The two faces portray this duality. They are both expressively carved with different detail to the curled horns. The features are clearly carved in a expression of contemplation framed...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Roman Style Marble Torso On A Black Marble Base
Located in Southall, GB
A handsomely carved male marble torso on a black marble base. The carving is detailed and realistic, clearly depicting the contours and muscles. The marble...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Carrara Marble

An 18th century or earlier statuary marble head of Venus
Located in London, GB
A large 18th century or earlier statuary marble head of Venus, goddess of Love. Life-size and beautifully carved with superb detail to her hair & face. Probably Italian and an early ...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Roman Bust With Helmet
Located in Southall, GB
Exquisitely detailed carving of a Roman Bust with Helmet. The Males features are intricately carved with attention given to the shape of the nose and furrowed brow as he prepares to ...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Grande Busto Caracalla scolpito su bellissimo marmo bianco (made in italy)
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura, busto imperatore, busto Caracalla, busto marmo, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara, scultur...
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1990s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Beautiful Antique Bust of a Warrior in the Roman Style, 20th Century.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful antique bust of a warrior in the Roman style, 20th century. Antique-style nude male, bust in composite material, 20th century.     h: 82cm , w: 72cm, d: 46,5cm
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20th Century European Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Composition

Julius Caesar bust in white Carrara marble
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Scultura, busto imperatore, busto Cesare, busto Giulio Cesare, busto romano antico, arte romana, arte classica, arte greca, busto, marmo bianco Carrara, scultura classica, marco Aure...
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1990s Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Hadrian bust in polychrome marble
Located in Tarquinia, IT
Sculpture, emperor bust, ancient Roman bust, Roman art, classical art, Greek art, bust, white Carrara marble, classical sculpture, Hadrian, Hadrian bust, polychrome bust, antique sc...
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1990s Italian Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Marble

Early to Mid 20th Century Italian Cast Bronze Bust of Roman Emperor
Located in Middleburg, VA
Early to Mid 20th Century Italian Cast Bronze Bust of Roman Emperor. Hollow antiquity, possibly of Julius Caesar, no marks. Italy, circa 1...
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19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Bronze

19th Century Italian Grand Tour Augustus Caesar Bust By Antonio Frilli
Located in Bradenton, FL
19th Century Italian Grand Tour Marble Bust of Augustus Caesar by Antonio Frilli. White marble bust is on a black plinth. Antonio Frilli was a Florentine sculptor who specialized in ...
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19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Stucco head of a roman figure
Located in 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NL
Stucco head of a Roman figure. Signed on the back (unknown). The head is separate from the base.
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1950s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Stucco

Vintage English Apollo Bust With Associated Plinth
Located in Calgary, Alberta
An English vintage composite stone bust after the 2nd Century Roman Apollo Belvedere atop a classical iconic fluted column. Great patina. Wonderful piece in a library.
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20th Century British Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Cast Stone

Beautiful Bust of Venus, the Goddess of Love, 20th Century.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful bust of Venus, the Goddess of Love, 20th century. Sculpture of the bust of Venus, Roman Mythology, in composite material, 20th century.     h: 75cm , w: 38cm, d: 26cm
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20th Century French Classical Roman Busts

Materials

Composition

Head of Lucius Verus in the antique roman style
Located in Madrid, ES
Bust of Lucius Venus made of moulded and carved limestone, following models of classical Rome. It is solid stone. It is part of a series of 8 copies distributed exclusively by our g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Classical Roman Busts

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Cast Stone

Italian Antique Stone Cast Bust of Marcus Aurelius Caracalla
Located in Encinitas, CA
This late 19th century carved stone bust made of "Grisaglia' in Italian, a mix of stone powder and lime stones, depicts Marcus Aurelius Caracalla, the roman emperor from 198 to 217 A...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Concrete

Plaster Bust of Marianne
Located in Atlanta, GA
Marianne is the embodiment of the French Republic. Marianne represents the permanent values that found her citizens' attachment to the Republic: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

A Plaster Bust of Seneca
Located in Atlanta, GA
Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger, usually known as Seneca, was a Stoic philosopher of Ancient Rome, a statesman, dramatist, and in one work, satirist, from the pos...
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Early 20th Century Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Italian Antique Cast Stone of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Caracalla Bust
Located in Encinitas, CA
Late 19th century carved stone bust of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (born Lucius Septimius Bassianus, 4 April 188 – 8 April 217), better known by his nickname Caracalla was Roman emperor from 198 to 217 AD. He was a member of the Severan dynasty, the elder son of Emperor Septimius Severus and Empress Julia Domna...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Concrete

Italian Majolica ceramic Bust of a Man - Roman Empire Style
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful white ceramic glazed bust of a man. Depicting a man from the Roman Empire. Estimated origin and date: France, circe 1910-1920. Dimensions: 39 (h) x 41 (w) x 26 (d) cm....
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1910s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Ceramic

An Over Life-Size Powerful Roman Male Portrait Head of Constantine the Great
Located in London, GB
An Over Life-Size Powerful Roman Male Portrait Head of Constantine the Great (c.272 - 337) Wearing the ‘Imperial Oak Wreath’ the decorative border of his ‘tunic’ can still be clearly seen on the left hand side Marble Italy Early 4th Century AD SIZE: 38cm high, 24.5cm wide, 25cm deep - 15cm high, 9¾ ins wide, 10 ins deep PROVENANCE: Ex Private collection, Cambridge, England note: For a very similar over life-size portrait head of Constantine I (the Great) wearing an identical wreath dating from the early 4th century AD see: Yorkshire Museum, York, inv. no. ‘YORYM’ 1998.23. Found in ‘Eboracum’ (York) in 1823 LITERATURE: Rinaldi Tufi, S., Yorkshire. ‘Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani (Great Britain)’; vol. 1, fasc. 3, Yorkshire. Oxford University Press, 1983; 23, no. 38, pl. 12 In AD 306, Constantine was hailed emperor in the Roman city of York; he was the first emperor to convert to Christianity. Born in Naissus, the son of Flavius Constantius, and Helena, a woman of low birth and a christian. Following his campaigns in the eastern provinces, Constantine was recalled in 305 AD to fight alongside his father in the province of Britannia. After his father’s death in 306 AD, Constantine was acclaimed as ‘imperator’ by his army at Eboracum (York) eventually being declared victorious after the civil wars against emperors, Maxentius and Licinius to become sole ruler of the Roman Empire in 324 AD. Constantine’s Christian belief cannot be underestimated, establishing the foundations of ‘Western Christendom’. In 313 AD he was influential in the proclamation of the ‘Edict of Milan, declaring tolerance of Christianity within the Roman Empire. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the purported site of Jesus’s tomb...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Plaster Bust of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte
Located in Atlanta, GA
The plaster bust portrays Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte, as Venus Victorious. It was commissioned by her husband, Camillo Borghese, and originally sculpted in Rome from 1805 ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

A fine pair of late 19th century Alabaster and marble Roman dignitary busts
Located in Dallas, TX
A fine pair of late 19th century to early 20th century Italian alabaster and black Belgian marble busts of Roman dignitaries. Hand carved and fine detail
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Early 20th Century Italian Classical Roman Busts

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Alabaster, Belgian Black Marble

Cast Iron Bust of Nike
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
We presents for your consideration, this cast-iron bust of Nike. A handsome decorative object for the garden, garden terrace, or interior space, Nike will add that layer of colle...
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20th Century English Classical Roman Busts

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Iron

French Plaster Bust of a Classical Roman Male
Located in Houston, TX
French plaster bust of a classical roman male. Handsome Italian stone bust of a Classical Roman, circa 1920. This beautiful classical male bust sculpture i...
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1920s French Vintage Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Bust of Antinoos in the style of classical Rome
Located in Madrid, ES
Bust of Antinoos made of moulded and carved limestone, following models of classical Rome. It is solid stone. It is part of a series of 8 copies distributed exclusively by our gallery.
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Classical Roman Busts

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Cast Stone

17th Century Set Of Venetian Bronze Door Handles On Wooden Stands
Located in Bradenton, FL
Set of four 17th century Venetian bronze door handles, set on ebonized wooden stands. Each handle is a original of a bronze bust of an ancient Italian man affixed to a square wooden ...
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17th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Bronze

17th Century Marble Bust of Man
Located in New Orleans, LA
Beautiful, albeit heavily distressed stone bust depicting an authoritarian man on a pedestal. Softly colored grey stone with many details intact including draping on tunic, eyes, be...
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17th Century French Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Stone

19th Century Ebonized Plaster Bust of Marcus Tulles Cicero
Located in Stamford, CT
A Bust of Marcus Tulles Cicero, Roman Consul in 63 B.C. completed in ebonized plaster, circa 1880. Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. (Wikipedia) Provenance: Collection of Brigadier General Alfred Douglas Miller...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Roman Style Gesso over Plaster Carved Head of Jupiter on Circular Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Roman style gesso over plaster carved head of the god Jupiter on circular base. Emanating the grandeur of ancient Rome, this verist representation of the god Jupiter, intricately c...
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19th Century Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Gesso, Plaster

Roman Emperor Bust Plaster Life Size Mark Anthony
Located in Buxton, GB
This beautiful sculpture is a stunning depiction of the famous Roman emperor Mark Anthony. The piece is made of high-quality plaster and stands at an impress...
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Mid-20th Century French Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

French Patinated Bronze Bust of the Greek Hero Ajax, circa 1880
Located in Dallas, TX
Grand Tour French, patinated bronze bust of the Greek hero/mythological warrior Ajax (Menelaus) on a socle base, circa 1880. Ajax wears a helmet with batt...
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19th Century French Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Bronze

Venus Bust Wall Plaque in Plaster
Located in Buxton, GB
This beautiful antique sculpture depicts the Roman goddess Venus and is a true masterpiece of art. The sculpture is a large, life-size bust made of high-quality plaster and was prod...
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Mid-20th Century French Classical Roman Busts

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Plaster

Roman Marble Trapezophorus circa 1st-2nd Century A.D
Located in Madrid, ES
A Roman marble trapezophorus in the Form of a Barbarian Dacian young figure. Circa 1st-2nd century A.D. Measure: height 24 1/4 inches (62 cm). Property from Mr. Radu Moldovan, Skokie, Illinois Provenance: B.C. Holland Gallery...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Classical Roman Busts

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Marble

Classical Roman busts for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Classical Roman busts for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage busts created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, building and garden elements, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with stone, marble and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Classical Roman busts made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original busts, popular names associated with this style include A. Santini, Europa Antiques, F. Barbedienne Foundry, and Friedrich Goldscheider. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for busts differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $220 and tops out at $79,080 while the average work can sell for $3,651.

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