Lot 40
  • 40

Giovanni Rizzardi

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
11,250 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Pair of Lions in Romanesque Style
  • marble
one inscribed: G.R. (for Giovanni Rizzardi) and each inscribed in black paint: WA/11763/A/2


with Philippe Murat-David, Paris, December 1980

Catalogue Note

Lions such as these flank the portals of Italian Romanesque churches. The unusual facial types and the lack of a function (they frequently supported columns) indicate that these are later revivals. This pair were, in fact, carved by a sculptor named Giovanni Rizzardi, who was active in Verona in the 1970's and 1980's. He was responsible for four arcuated lintels in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which were, until recently, believed to date to the 8th or 9th centuries (Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Soultanian, op. cit., no. 59). Another pair of similar lions by Rizzardi were sold at Christie's London on 11 November 2004, lot 28.

L. Castelnuovo-Tedesco and J. Soultanian, Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, New Haven and Yale, no. 59