Annalea Tunesi, Stefano Bardini’s photographic archive: a visual historical document, PhD thesis, University of Leeds, 2014, p. 220, photograph no. 6
There are several such table supports decorated with busts in relief, including one with a bust of Artemis at Hever Castle (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/7358), and three examples with the same type of Athena bust (LIMC II, p. 1076, no. 6, pl. 785; Sotheby’s, New York, December 10th, 1999, no. 292).
Another example with a bust of a satyr, although simpler in execution, is in Rome: A. Giuliano, ed., Museo Nazionale Romano. Le sculture, vol. I.7, 1984, p. 542f., no. XXV,8.
The backs of these supports are usually decorated with bucrania; the cuirass carved on the present example seems to be unique (for the type of the cuirass compare the cuirass serving as support of a male statuette from Pompeii: D. Kreikenbom, Bildwerke nach Polyklet, 1990, p. 172, no. III.34, pl. 164).
The fragmentary Roman marble bearded head displayed on top of the present lot in the Bardini photograph appears by itself in G. Capecchi, The Historical Photographic Archive of Stefano Bardini: Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art, 1993, p. 65.
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