A GROUP OF THREE 'GRAND TOUR' CISTERNS, ITALIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
the largest of Siena marble on figured grey marble base, in the manner of Benedetto Boschetti; the similar smaller example of Siena marble on figured grey marble base; the smallest of rosso antico on figured white marble base (3)
the largest: 10cm. high, 31cm. wide; 4in., 1ft. ¼in.; the smaller example: 6.7cm. high, 17.8cm. wide; 2¾in. high, 7in. wide; the smallest: 4.5cm. high, 9cm. wide; 1¾in. high, 3½in. wide
The largest is of nice quality, there are rim chips and typical faults to the marble. Currently detached from base and paw supports. Two of the paw feet with chips and losses.
The smaller with ingrained dirt, generally good.
The smallest generally good, although the cistern has been reattached to the paw supports and is slightly off-center. With a natural hole or fissure to side.
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Probably Robert Berkeley (1764-1845) between 1816-1818.
Inventory, 1949, '[part] Two old marble drinking troughs on feet, 12” and 7” respectively' the corridors