Lot 45
  • 45

A ROMAN WALL-PAINTING FRAGMENT ON STUCCO, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D., WITH EARLY 18TH CENTURY ITALIAN RESTORATIONS | A Roman Wall-painting Fragment on Stucco

Estimate
15,000 - 25,000 GBP
Sold
16,250 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • stucco, pigment
  • 56 by 67 cm.
the upper part decorated in high relief with a youthful female bust within a frame of leaves, painted flowers around the perimeter and scrolling tendrils of berries on either side,  the lower half painted from left to right with two seated men, a woman holding a wreath over her head, a youth holding a cup, a woman holding a basket of flowers over her head and a staff in the other hand, and a reclining river god, the whole scene probably a later addition.

Provenance

Dr Conyers Middleton, Cambridge and Faversham, acquired in Rome in 1724/1725
Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797), Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, above the door in the Little Library of the flower garden cottage, acquired from the above with the rest of his antiquities collection on April 21st, 1743
Anne Seymour Damer (1748-1828), Strawberry Hill, by inheritance
George, 7th Earl Waldegrave (1816-1846), Strawberry Hill (sale: George Robins, A Catalogue of the Classic Content of Strawberry Hill, collected by Horace Walpole, May 16th, 1842, no. 96, in the Armoury)
Charles Wentworth Dilke (1789-1864), London, acquired at the above sale for £7.7.0
acquired by the present owner from an estate in Washington, D.C., circa 2008

Exhibited

"The Art Treasures of Great Britain," Manchester, May 5th-October 17, 1857

Catalogue Note

PUBLISHED Conyers Middleton, Germana quaedam antiquitatis eruditae monumenta quibus Romanorum veterum Ritus varii tam sacri quam profani, tum Graecorum atque Aegyptiorum nonnulli illustrantur, London, 1742, pp. 1ff., pl. 1 (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=S384sw1EsO0C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)
A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole, Youngest Son of Robert Walpole Earl of Orford, at Strawberry-Hill, near Twickenham, with an Inventory of the Furniture, Pictures, Curiosities, &c., London, 1774, p. 115 (https://archive.org/stream/descriptionofvil00walp#page/115/mode/1up)
Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 10, Session 1857-1858, p. 13, no. 1

Cf. a wall-painting fragment with gorgoneion in relief from the collection of Richard Mead (1673-1654) and now in the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=427788.

The right-hand half of the figural scene appears to be copied from a fresco fragment discovered in 1710 in the Baths of Constantine (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/244431) and now in the Museo Nazionale Romano: http://www.bollettinodarte.beniculturali.it/opencms/multimedia/BollettinoArteIt/documents/1379949366356_06_-_Bendinelli_147.pdf.

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