A lovely antique alabaster sculpture, the lovers, after Antonio Canova, raised on it’s original alabaster floor standing pedestal, circa 1870 in date.
The beautiful sculpture is made from stunning white alabaster and depicts a pair of embracing lovers.
It is raised on a beautiful barley twist alabaster column that terminates in an octagonal base. The top part of the column is shaped to fit the sculpture and rotates so that you can easily change the position of the sculpture.
The attention to detail throughout this piece is second to none.
In really excellent condition, with no chips or marks, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 142 x Width 47 x Depth 22 – Sculpture & Pedestal
Dimensions in inches:
Height 55.9 x Width 18.5 x Depth 8.7 – Sculpture & Pedestal
Alabaster – is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals, when used as a material: gypsum and calcite also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster.
In general, but not always, ancient Alabaster in Egypt and the Near & Middle East is calcite. Alabaster in medieval Europe is gypsum. Modern Alabaster is probably calcite, but may be either. Both are easy to ‘work’ and as both are slightly water soluble, have been used for making a variety of indoor artworks and carvings, as they will not survive long outdoors.
The finer kinds of alabaster are employed largely as an ornamental stone, especially for ecclesiastical decoration and for the rails of staircases and halls. Alabaster is also used widely by the sculptors.
In Europe, the centre of the alabaster trade is Florence, Italy.
Our reference: 09612