D. Brucciani (1815 – 1880) Antique Plaster Bust of Venus

GBP 1,475.00

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Object Description

A mid-late 19th century antique plaster bust of Venus, Roman goddess of love and beauty, or her Greek counterpart, Aphrodite. This bust is signed ‘D. Brucciani & Co, London’ to the back.

Brucciani’s firm was influential in making British plaster and bronze casts throughout the mid-late 19th century, becoming leaders in their field. Both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum assembled specialist collections of Brucciani’s architectural and sculpture castings. This bust of the Roman Venus or Greek Aphrodite is one of the firm’s castings found outside of a museum, making it a brilliant collector’s piece or classical sculpture for display.

Brucciani & Co

In the 19th century, there was a growing trend for bronze and plaster copies of Europe’s finest and most famous artworks. While many businesses emerged in the industry, one of the most successful was established by the Italian-born Domenico Brucciani (1815 – 1880).

Around 1837, he established his Gallery of Casts in London’s Covent Garden. Such was his talent that in 1866, Brucciani succeeded in casting the 18 metre, 12th century facade of the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, known as the Portico de la Gloria, or Porch of the Glory. This piece was so impressive that the V&A – then known as South Kensington Museum – created a designated segment of the museum to accommodate this monumental cast.

Object History

Signed ‘D. Brucciani & Co, London’

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Small chip to the hair. Rubbing and small chip to end of nose. It’s been overpainted a couple of times making some of the detail, particularly the signature, difficult to read. No sign of repairs.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

UK Heritage
Grove Barn
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