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PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, her left arm relaxed, and wearing a loose himation tucked under her left arm, wrapped around her right hip, and falling in long zigzag folds to her feet in front; on its original Giustiniani Collection faceted marble base; formerly restored were the head, right arm raised to her left breast, left hand holding an apple, and several drapery folds.
Total height as inserted into base 107.5 cm. 42 1/4 in.; height without plinth 104 cm. 40 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani (1564-1637), Palazzo Giustiniani, Rome
Sotheby's, Monaco, October 25th/26th, 1981, no. 375A, illus. (covered in paint, still with restored head and right arm, catalogued as 19th Century)
French private collection
acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

FIRST RECORDED
1638 inventory of the Palazzo Giustiniani (Angela Gallottini, Le sculture della collezione Giustiniani I. Documenti, Rome, 1998, pp. 79ff., as no. 72 ''una Venere antica ristaurata mezza vestita e mezza ignuda dal ventre in su'').

LAST RECORDED
1811 inventory of the Palazzo Giustiniani (Gallottini, op. cit., pp. 266ff., as no. 28: "statua seminuda di Venere tenente un pomo")

PUBLISHED
Galleria Giustiniana, vol. I, Rome, circa 1640, pl. 39
Comte de Clarac, Musée de sculpture antique et moderne, vol. 4, Paris, 1850, p. 77f., no. 1300, pl. 595
Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 1, Paris, 1897, p. 319, no. 1

Catalogue Note

Cf. the statue of a nymph sold at NFA Classical Auctions, New York, December 11th, 1991, no. 166.

Another long lost sculpture from the famed Giustiniani Collection of ancient sculpture, a group of Eros and Anteros, was sold at Sotheby’s New York, December 8th, 2011, no. 15. Originally from the same collection comes a herm bust of a goddess sold at Sotheby’s, New York, June 5th, 2008, no. 30, engraved in Galleria Giustiniana, vol. II, ca. 1640, pl. 56.

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