The original lions were carved in 1792 by the Italian artist, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for the monumental tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The lions are crouching at the base of the tomb: one vigilant, the other sleeping.
Around 1810 they were acquired from the Canova workshop in Rome and formed part of a French private collection. There is a full-scale pair at Chatsworth House.
|dimensions etc||Length: 13cm Height: 15cm|
|material||Cast Carrara marble. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculptures in this collection are created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble.|
|country of origin||Made in the UK.|
|care instructions||The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - even if (unlikely!) they are placed outdoors.|
marble lion bookends pair (free shipping at the moment!)
- Code: SA-093
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £66.67