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Large Pair of Neoclassical Greco Roman Style 19th Century Cast-Iron Figures


A fine pair of neoclassical Greco Roman style 19th century cast-iron figures of "The Berlin Adorante" Modeled as a nude young man standing with arms outstretched and a nude Venus Goddess, her hair braided and with her right hand raised to her hair, next to an urn draped with her robe, after the antique and "Capitoline Venus" (also known as "The Bather"), both in a green patina, circa 1860-1870. "Berlin Adorante" refers to the celebrated bronze sculpture of the ancient world which was once owned by King Charles I and acquired in 1747 by Frederick II of Prussia for the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. The original sculpture is currently part of the collection of the Alte Museum, Antikensammlung, Berlin, inv. No. Sk 2. Many scholars believe that it originates from the Hellenistic Period (circa 300 B.C.) in Greece, rather than a Roman copy. The Capitoline Venus is a type of statue of Venus, specifically one of several Venus Pudica (modest Venus) types (others include the Venus de' Medici type), of which several examples exist. The type ultimately derives from the Aphrodite of Cnidus. The Capitoline Venus and her variants are recognisable from the position of the arms—standing after a bath, Venus begins to cover her breasts with her right hand, and her groin with her left hand. The original of this type (from which the following copies derive) is thought to be a lost 3rd- or 2nd-century BCE variation on Praxiteles' work from Asia Minor, which modifies the Praxitelean tradition by a carnal and voluptuous treatment of the subject and the goddess's modest gesture with both hands—rather than only one over the groin, in Praxiteles's original. Height of male: 55 1/4 inches (140 cm). Overall width: 17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm). Overall depth: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm). Height of Venus: 53 inches (135 cm). Overall width: 15 1/2 inches (39.4 cm). Overall depth: 14 inches (35.6 cm).    


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  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1860-1870
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  • Condition
    Excellent. The patina has a heavy in-paint with a few antique touch ups and different fading greens. Very impressive and quite decorative in person. Great for both indoor or outdoors..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 55.25 in. x W 17.5 in. x D 21.5 in.

    H 140.34 cm x W 44.45 cm x D 54.61 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Ref.: A2012
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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