This is a superb large antique Grand Tour patinated bronze version of David, dating from the mid 19th Century.
The bronze statue depicts David with an enigmatic smile posed with one foot forward.
The youth is completely naked, apart from boots and a sling and stands on a decorative veined purple marble circular column and stepped base.
This high-quality hot cast solid bronze was produced by using the traditional “lost wax” process, otherwise known as the “cire perdue” method.
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this bronze which is sure to add an unparalleled elegance to your home.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 50 x Width 17 x Depth 17
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 7 inches
The story of David and Goliath comes from 1 Samuel 17. The Israelites are fighting the Philistines, whose champion – Goliath – repeatedly offers to meet the Israelites’ best warrior in single combat to decide the whole battle. None of the trained Israelite soldiers is brave enough to fight the giant Goliath, until David – a shepherd boy who is too young to be a soldier – accepts the challenge. Saul, the Israelite leader, offers David armour and weapons, but the boy is untrained and refuses them. Instead, he goes out with his sling, and confronts the enemy. He hits Goliath in the head with a stone, knocking the giant down, and then grabs Goliath’s sword and cuts off his head. The Philistines withdraw as agreed and the Israelites are saved. David’s special strength comes from God, and the story illustrates the triumph of good over evil.
Our reference: A2708