Pair of Important Italian Renaissance Marble Baths

GBP 119,975.00

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Object Description

This pair of important Italian Renaissance marble baths belonged to the Warrior Pope Julius II, one of the most powerful and influential Popes of the 16th century. Unearthed from ‘La Suvera’, his Italian country villa in the heart of Siena, the pair of baths are handcrafted in Rosso Verona marble which would’ve once showcased a rich pigment of deep pink and red colours. Over time, this marble naturally mellows, becoming a lighter, yellowy pink with a stone-like appearance. While this pair of baths have lived through the ages, hints of the marble’s original colour remain on the base inside, giving a glimpse into how it would’ve looked when used by Pope Julius himself.

Just one bath would be a marvel; but to have a pair is extremely rare. Each have tapering forms, drilled drainage holes and display an organic, handcrafted beauty detailed with marks of the maker and wear that tell the story of these baths’ immersive history. They were originally incorporated into the villa at the Pope’s commission by genius architect Baldassarre Peruzzi and later moved into the villa’s luscious courtyard gardens to be used as planters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the introduction of modern plumbing. Today, La Suvera is still in use as a luxurious 5-star hotel, telling the story of its extraordinary occupants throughout the ages. With their rich heritage and large size, this pair of antique baths could again be repurposed as garden planters, used as a striking pair to frame the entrance of a historical property, or become objects of interest in an ornamental garden.

Additional Dimensions
Due to their handcrafted nature, each bath has a slight variation in width. One measures 72cm and the other 74cm.

Object History

Once resided in Pope Julius II’s Italian country villa named ‘La Suvera’.

Object Condition

Good structural condition. There is a drilled drainage hole in both baths.

Object Details

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    W:172 x H:74 x D:74 centimeters
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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.

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