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Cast in bronze and gilt, their heads turned somewhat to the side and shown with commanding expression, one forepaw resting on a sphere, also gilt but additonally polished, the main section of the tails, the offside rear legs and the ground-work, rectangular bases, all cast separately, raised on bases of browned metal
Probably French, after 1737 - 1745
These are a pair of magnificent bronze lions with highly accomplished sculpting of the facial features. The origin of these bronzes, cast in sections and joined by screws and the the style of the ground-work base point towards France. We would like to propose that they might have been made in connection with the fact that the Villa Medici was inherited by the house of Lorraine in 1737.
|Height||35.00 cm||(13.78 inches)|
|Width||40.00 cm||(15.75 inches)|
|Depth||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|