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Pair of Early 19th Century Marble Models, Trajan's and Marcus Aurelius Columns

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A pair of early 19th century Grand Tour marble architectural models of Roman columns. Rosso and verde antico marble, with bronze figures. Rome, circa 1820-1830, measure: 16” H. The triumphal Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, erected in Rome in 113 and by 193 AD respectively, have long been subjects of pictures and models of the Eternal city; prints of these monumental appear in the 17th century. Models came later – an especially splendid example is a large, ornate, 1779 replica of Trajan’s column made by Luigi Valadier, who led Rome’s foremost decorative arts workshop. Trajan's Column celebrates his victory over Dacia - modern day Romania. Marcus Aurelius' Column, modeled on Trajan's, depicts his victories over modern day Czechia and Hungary. The offered pair of monuments is fashioned in Rosso antico, an antique red marble imported to Rome in the time of Augustus. Over the course of the 19th century, models of these Columns were made in a variety of materials, including the range of marbles, alabasters, and bronzes. That this pair appears in Rosso allows us to date their manufacture to the first part of the 19th century; and the fact that the marble elements comprising these miniatures are solid rather than veneered suggests they were made circa 1820-1830. Both are topped by cast bronze figures. Ours are correct, very unusual in this pair of models. Trajan holds the orb, symbolizing his (hoped for) rule over the world, and Marcus holds his shield. Typically, the same figure, a version of Trajan, appears atop both. Both miniatures are supported on shallow plinths of Nero antico marble, another ancient Roman stone.

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    H 16 in. x W 3 in. x D 3 in.H 40.64 cm x W 7.62 cm x D 7.62 cm
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    Lafayette, CA
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    LU1143216691141
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