ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY AFTER THE ANTIQUE
Pair of Busts of the Emperors Augustus and Otho
Italian and Greek white marbles and Giallo Nuvolato marble, on Portasanta marble socles
inscribed in ink to the reverses: Otho/ Caesar and Augustus/ Caesar
26cm., 10¼in. and 27cm., 10⅝in.
Overall the condition of the busts is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are beautiful natural veins to the marble torsi throughout, some of which are open; very beautiful marbles. Small chips and losses to the corners of the socles. A chip to Augustus' nose. A small natural inclusion above Otho's proper left eyebrow. The heads are a little loose.
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Inventory, 1893, 'A pair of small busts 10½ in white and coloured marbles “Otho” and “Augustus"' in the Library;
Inventory, 1949, 'A Pair of carved marble and alabaster busts, 10½ high' in the Dining Room
The quality of these beautiful early Grand Tour busts is high, and the marble used for the torsi, Giallo Nuvolato, rare.