Antique Carrara Marble Lovers Sculpture after Canova 19th Century

GBP 5,750.00

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Object Description

A lovely antique Italian carved marble sculpture, the lovers, after Antonio Canova, circa 1870 in date.

The beautiful sculpture is made from stunning white Carrara marble, and depicts The Kiss of Cupid and Psyche, the winged Cupid is leaning over to kiss the semi draped Psyche, on a naturalistic base.

The quality of the carving is really fine and the attention to detail throughout this piece is second to none.

In excellent condition with no chips, cracks or signs of repair, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 48 x Width 63 x Depth 30

Weight 26.5 kg

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 7 inches x Width 2 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot

Weight 58.4 lbs

Carrara marble – is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo’s David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.

Antonio Canova

1 November 1757 – 13 October 1822) was an Italian Neoclassical sculptor, famous for his marble sculptures. Often regarded as the greatest of the Neoclassical artists his sculpture was inspired by the Baroque and the classical revival, and has been characterised as having avoided the melodramatics of the former, and the cold artificiality of the latter.

Our reference: A2479

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:63 x H:48 x D:30 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    circa 1870

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