circa 1850 - 1860
A large pair of iron cast 19th century Canova lions mounted on contemporary black painted wooden plinths.
These Grand Tour lions are 'souvenirs' modelled on the original marble sculptures by Antonio Canova for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St. Peter's, Rome. The lions are emblematic of the Pope's character of vigilance and moderation. Canova (1757-1822) was the finest Italian neo-classical sculptor of the late eighteenth century.
The iron cast lions are large scale and retain rich age, colour and patina.
The framed dimensions include the lions on the black plinths.
Height 14.00cm (5.51 inches)
Width 30.00cm (11.81 inches)
Depth 10.00cm (3.94 inches)
Height Framed 20.00cm (7.87 inches)
Width Framed 36.00cm (14.17 inches)
Depth Framed 13.50cm (5.31 inches)
Stock No: 11367