It was around 600 B.C. that artists discovered the wonders of sculpting in marble. The Greeks and Romans loved the stuff, and since then its been the medium of choice for a long line of successors including Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and Rodin.
Day 1 of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts sale offers bidders a great opportunity to take the plunge into owning marble sculpture. Among the 651 lots on offer Saturday, July 18 is a healthy array of marble pieces. Have a look - it’s the perfect way to inject a touch of the classical into your home, both inside and out.
Lot 555, modeled after The Bather, by Frenchman Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain. Allegrain was commissioned to carve the original in 1755 by the Marquis de Marigny. Today, it rubs shoulders with history’s greats at the Louvre.
Lot 163, a Victorian Carrara marble Lion garden table. Originally commissioned for a 35 plus room Berkshire estate in Lenox, Massachusetts.
A bust is a must! Lot 1, an Italian marble likeness of Rome’s most notorious emperor, Nero.
Look now at the full catalog for Day 1 of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts sale.