Antique Italian Grand Tour Bronze Figure Of Dancing Faun Of Pompeii 19th C

Antique Italian Grand Tour Bronze Figure Of Dancing Faun Of Pompeii 19th C

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A superbly cast antique Italian Grand Tour bronze figure of a dancing faun, circa 1850 in date.

This is a golden bronze Gran Tour copy of the Roman faun that was dug up in Pompeii in 1830. The excellently cast faun is represented in a dancing pose and seemed to be joyous rather than drunk.

This high-quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method.

The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this sculpture and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your home.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 41 x Width 15.5 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 5 inches

This captivating faun was standing in the centre of a pool before one of Pompeii's most sumptuous houses when the ash and lapilli of the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius completely covered the doomed city. For 1800 years darkness enfolded him but the enchanting fellow was not destined to remain forever in the shadows.

Nineteenth-century excavations brought him again to the light and, eternal in his lust for life, once more he dances in the sun. His laughter, his dancing, his agile vibrating figure were hedonistic symbols of the full life sought by the wealthy Romans although he was probably brought to Italy from Greece where he had been a product of the rococo tendencies of the late Hellenistic age. By this time fauns, once portrayed with the legs and hooves of a goat, had assumed a human body with only a short tail and abbreviated horns to identify them with the mythological creatures.

Dimensions

W15.5 x H41.0 x D14.0 cm

Condition

Refurbished

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

42193059
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