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Other marbles documented in the Codex Montalto and sold at Sotheby’s are: a figure of Asklepios (Seidel, op. cit., p. 140, fol. 109; Sotheby’s, London, July 22th–23th, 1957, no. 392, and December 10th, 1996, no. 133), a striding figure of a woman (Seidel, op. cit., p. 155f., fol. 139; Sotheby’s, London, June 9th, 1937, no. 115), a group of two erotes (Seidel, op. cit., p. 179f., fol. 203; Sotheby’s London, July 22th–23th, 1957, no. 396), and a relief with Dionysiac thiasos (Seidel, op. cit., p. 189, fol. 232; Sotheby’s New York, December 10th, 2009, no. 45).
For the few marbles still at Rokeby Hall see D. Boschung and H. v. Hesberg, Die antiken Skulpturen in Newby Hall, 2007, pp. 134ff. Dispersed marbles from Rokeby Hall include a Silvanus-statuette sold at Sotheby’s, London, July 10th, 1979, no. 348, and two Greek grave stelai now in the Getty Museum (J. Burnett Grossman, Greek Funerary Sculpture. Catalogue of the Collections at the Getty Villa, 2001, pp. 120ff., no. 44, and p. 130f., no. 47).
In the Villa Montalto the present statuette formed a pair with another seated figure of Apollo playing a string instrument (whereabouts unknown; Seidel, op. cit., p. 120, fol. 71). Based solely on the drawings of these two figures in the Codex Montalto, Seidel hypothesises that they were both restored by Ippolito Buzzi (1562-1634), the same Baroque sculptor believed to have restored another pair of seated Apollos in the Ludovisi Collection. The present lot, however, shows restorations that appear to be earlier in style than those executed by Buzzi. The head in particular is closer to those of restored statues in the Archaeological Museum in Venice, the bulk of which is now attributed to several sculptor's workshops operating in the early 16th Century, including Tullio Lombardo and his relatives (see M. de Paoli, "Opera fatta diligentissimamente": restauri di sculture classiche a Venezia tra Quattro e Cinquecento, 2004).
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