Lot 9
  • 9

North Italian, 12th century

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
25,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Double capital with eagles
  • marble
  • 24 by 49.5cm., 9 1/2 by 19 1/2 in.
the top inscribed: 466 in ink


Prince Johan II of Liechtenstein (1840-1929), Rossau Palace, Vienna;
and thence by descent, Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein, by 1999;
sold Christie's Amsterdam, Property from the collection of the princely house of Liechtenstein, 1 April 2008, lot 30A

Catalogue Note

The eagle appears on capitals across Europe in the 12th and 13th century. A comparable example from North Italy with eagles with their wings spread and triangular feathers at the chest is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. A.92-1929). Similar eagles can also be found on the marble capitals from Roussillon in Southern France now in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio (inv. no. 34.93D). The more elongated birds, based on Byzantine models, seen on the present capital suggest an Italian origin. Since one side of the capital is slightly weathered it was probably part of a dwarf gallery on an upper story of the external wall of a church with one side exposed to the elements.

P. Williamson, Catalogue of Romanesque sculpture, cat. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1983, pp. 84-85, no. 39; W. Cahn (ed.), Romanesque sculpture in American collection. II. New York and New Jersey, Middle and South Atlantic States, the Midwest, Western and Pacific States, Turnhout, 1999, pp. 190-191