Rare neoclassical white marble bench
A rare and impressive carved white marble neoclassical bench. Late 19th century Italian, Florentine.
Backrest with relief carving of Bacchus in triumphal procession, armrests of reclining satyrs with musical pipes, on acanthus leaf carved supports.
h 121 x w 221 x d 65 cm
The bench belongs to a rare set produced in Italy in the late 19th Century. Probably by a florence carving studio Each seems to combine elements from the past dynamic shape of the “Bacchus Throne” marble chair now displayed in Louvre, Annibale Carracci’s “Triumph of Bacchus” from the ceiling fresco of th Galeria Farnese, Rome (1597-1601) together with a more figural composition approach to furniture of the celebrated sculptor Andrea Brustolon.
The description and valuation of this bench was done by Silas Currie Leigh-Wood, head of the British and European scuplture and work of arts at Dreweatts Auctions.
The piece has been restored in the 1980s. The restauration has been redone with todays improved and better techniques and materials. Photos of the process of improving the old restaurations are available upon request.