On The Square

Dont Lose Your Marbles!

By Bidsquare

Jul 17,2015 | 09:00 EDT

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.

Lot 386, a white marble oval portrait plaque by William Couper, and Lot 375, a carved marble Lion’s head.

Look now at the full catalog for Day 1 of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts sale.