WILHELM HOPFGARTEN (1779-1860), ITALIAN, ROME, MID-19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE | EQUESTRIAN MONUMENT OF MARCUS AURELIUS
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP
WILHELM HOPFGARTEN (1779-1860)
ITALIAN, ROME, MID-19TH CENTURY
AFTER THE ANTIQUE
EQUESTRIAN MONUMENT OF MARCUS AURELIUS
signed: W. HOPFGARTEN ROMA, the base elaborately inscribed on both sides
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor abrasions to the surface, including to the horse's proper right back leg and to the top moulding of the base at the proper left side. Marcus Aurelius’ proper left arm has been cast separately and is slightly loose but stable. There is minor wear to the high points and to the edges of the bronze. There are a few further patches of wear.
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The present bronze is a particularly fine cast of the monumental equestrian bronze group of Marcus Aurelius, originally made for the Campidoglio in Rome. The German-born Wilhelm Hopfgarten started a bronze foundry and sculpture studio in Rome in 1805 with his compatriot Benjamin Ludwig Jollage. Their bronze casts were coveted by Grand Tourists. They further secured important commissions casting bronzes for renowned artists working in Rome, including Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen.
C. Teolato, Hopfgarten and Jollage Rediscovered: Two Berlin Bronzists in Napoleonic and Restoration Rome, Rome, 2016