145
145
Italian, circa 1800
after the antique
A PAIR OF BRONZE FURIETTI CENTAURS
Estimate
8,00012,000
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145
Italian, circa 1800
after the antique
A PAIR OF BRONZE FURIETTI CENTAURS
Estimate
8,00012,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Italian, circa 1800
after the antique
A PAIR OF BRONZE FURIETTI CENTAURS
mounted on shaped wood plinths (2)
beardless centaur, overall: 41.5cm., 16 3/8in.
bearded centaur, overall: 37cm., 14½in.
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Catalogue Note

Thanks to the tensile strength of bronze, these reductions of the Furietti centaurs in the Capitoline Museum dispense with the tree-trunk supports beneath the stomachs required to support the weight of marble.

The centaurs were discovered by Monsignor Furietti during the excavations at Hadrian's Villa in December 1736 but he resisted pressure from Pope Benedict XIV to hand them over to the Capitoline Museum.  However they were secured for the museum later in 1765 by Pope Clement XIII.  The models were much in demand during the 18th century and reductions were cast by Zoffoli and Righetti in Rome.

RELATED LITERATURE
Taste and the Antique, pp.178-79, no.20

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