Antique French Grand Tour Bronze Desk Bust of Roman Emperor Claudius, c.1860
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This is a very striking antique bronze desk bust of Caligula who was Roman Emperor from 37 to 41 CE. It is a golden polished bronze giving which looks for all intents and purposes like buffed gold.
The craftsmanship is excellent with very fine detailing in the hair. You can also clearly see the toga draped over one shoulder.
Dating from around 1860, it is a French Grand Tour piece, meaning it is an artefact manufactured for the gentry who were undertaking their ‘grand tours’ during the 19th century. This is reflected in the size of this antique bronze desk bust of Caligula - which made it easy to carry back from the tour.
It is mounted on a pink/brown marble circular plinth base and is in excellent condition which can be confirmed by looking at our gallery of photographs.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 6.5 x Depth 7
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 3 inches x Depth 3 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
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Our reference: 08678
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