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PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus, circa late 1st Century A.D., engraved and restored by Gianbattista Piranesi (1720-1778)
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PROPERTY FROM A FRENCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus, circa late 1st Century A.D., engraved and restored by Gianbattista Piranesi (1720-1778)
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A Roman Marble Cinerary Urn inscribed for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus, circa late 1st Century A.D., engraved and restored by Gianbattista Piranesi (1720-1778)
carved in front in high relief with a festoon of leaves, fruit, and flowers hanging from two ram's heads and surmounted by an eagle with outspread wings, two birds picking at the fruit from below, the framed panel engraved with five lines of modern Latin inscription reading D(is) M(anibus)/L(ucio) Calvino Pu-/biano Sabino/L(ucius) Tucius Coc(ceius)/Nat(o) benemer(enti) ("To the Spirits of the Departed. Lucius Tucius Cocceius (made this) for Lucius Calvinus Pubianus Sabinus, his well-deserving son"), each side with a palmette in low relief, the gabled lid (probably from a funerary altar) with echeloned leaf-shaped tiles and arched front carved in high relief with the nude bust of a young boy, his writing implements to his left, his faithful dog resting its paw on his right shoulder, the urn resting on an ornate stepped Carrara marble base.
49 by 35 by 33.4 cm
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Provenance

probably Vicomte Jacques Amable Gilbert de Saint Pardoux (1752-1810), Château de Pennautier, France, acquired in Rome on his Grand Tour in 1779
M. de Pennautier, by descent, by 1883
by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

"Exposition des Arts décoratifs au palais de l'Industrie," Paris, 1883

Literature

PUBLISHED
Gianbattista Piranesi, Vasi, candelabra, cippi, sarcophagi, tripodi, lvcerne ed ornamenti antichi, Rome, vol. 2, 1778, pl. 82, dedicated "al Signor Cavalier Arthur Boyer amatore delle belle arti" (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/475379)
Robert Mowat, Bulletin de la Société des antiquaires de France, 1883, p. 201
Bulletin épigraphique de la Gaule, vol. 3, 1883, p. 153 (said to belong to M. de Pennautier and labeled as having being discovered in Pompeii in 1780)
Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes, 1884, p. 206
Répertoire des travaux historiques contenant l'analyse des publications faites en France et à l'étranger sur l'histoire, les monuments et la langue de la France pendant l'année, vol. 3, 1886, p. 727
Eugen Bormann, Wilhelm Henzen, Christian Hülsen, eds., Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. VI, part. V: Inscriptiones falsas urbi Romae attributas comprehendens, Berlin, 1885, no. 3508 (p. 243) and addenda et corrigenda (p. 255, ad. loc.)
Elizabeth Angelicoussis, The Holkham Collection of Classical Sculpture (Monumenta artis Romanae, vol. 30), Mainz, 2001, p. 156, no. 54, note 2
Friederike Sinn, "Römische Marmorurnen für den Sammlergeschmack: Fallbeispiele von Ergänzungen un Fälschungen", in Kathrin Barbara Zimmer, ed., Rezeption, Zeitgeist, Fälschung - Umgang mit Antiken, actes du colloque international de Tübingen du 31 Janvier au Février 2014, Rahden/Westf., 2015, p. 207

Catalogue Note

For another Roman marble cinerary urn engraved by Piranesi and sold in these rooms, see Sotheby's, New York, June 3rd, 2015, no. 56 (Piranesi, op. cit., 1778, vol. I, pl. 89). For a view of Mount Vesuvius erupting painted by Pierre-Jacques Volaire in 1779 for the Vicomte de Saint Pardoux and acquired by the latter while on his Grand Tour see Sotheby's, Paris, June 22nd, 2010, no. 51.

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