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Clytie, Also Called Clytemnestra, Marble bust, 1870, Skinner Auctions, Boston

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Victorian Era578 of 2369Andrea by sadek silver centerpiece UK POSTED JANUARY 22 1886
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    The original bust CLYTIE - Roman, about AD 40-50

    The original sculpture was acquired from the family of the Principe Laurenzano in Naples by British collector Charles Townley (1737-1805). The identity of the subject, a woman emerging from a calyx of leaves, was much discussed among the antiquaries in Townley's circle. At first referred to as Agrippina, the bust is known as Clytie, a nymph who had fallen in love with the god Helios and was turned into a sunflower. This famous bust can be seen in the British Museum.

    My sculpture in marble is over life size and was done in about 1870, 28 inches, which date is based on the original wood pedestal it came with after bidding for it at Skinner's Auction in Boston, 1992. The bust weighs around 160 pounds as estimated by skinner before shipping. It now stands on an onyx pedestal of 4 feet.
    The light came in so nice to the living room this late afternoon, Feb 18, 2017. There is no category as usual for marble or statuary or anything of intrinsic value. There should be...

    One amazing story about this bust is that when I was moving it about 140 feet from the upstairs to the downstairs, the mover was quite strong and usually it took 2 men struggling to lift this alone. He came in the front door carrying this piece all by himself and I was shocked he managed to do all the stairs and then lift it all by himself onto the pedestal without breaking it !! He was less than 180 pounds himself. He also carried my angels which weighed about the same each !

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    1. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 5 years ago
      Love this, Phil!! Amazing craftsmanship!!
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you Mrstyndall, most appreciated !~
    3. freiheit freiheit, 5 years ago
      OMG - I love her!!!
    4. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 5 years ago
      Your right. The light is georgous on her. Lovely.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      She is superb Phil.
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      me too! really love this piece! and that's the auctioneer my family uses when we put something good up for sale or are looking to buy something great. actually we've used 'Vose' to buy and sell paintings several times too. they're both in boston.
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      An absolute WOW sculpture!

      She is sitting gloriously in your superb room, Phil :-)
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Simply amazing Phil!!
    9. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you so much freiheit, xo !
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks kindly Wandlessfairy, I appreciate your comment !
    11. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
      Absolutely beautiful!
    12. Ritamsg Ritamsg, 5 years ago
      She's gorgeous! I also love how you've positioned that lovely mirror behind her, making all angles visible and attracts the natural light.
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      racer4four, thank you so much !~
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you ho2cul for the so nice comment !~
    15. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Stunning ! What a wonderful sculpture ad glad the mover did not break her carrying her by himself :-) You always post the finest in collectibles xoxo
    16. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      What an elegant piece Phil! Although I don't own one, I've always admired all the work that goes into these... Wonderful!
    17. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks kyratango for the comment, xo.
    18. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Stunning as I saw her before!!! So many beauties in one home !! You are the master Phil !!!
    19. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks jscott for the nice comment !
    20. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      What a fab sculpture the warmth towards subject matter comes across beautifully
      thanks for sharing Phil
    21. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Always a pleasure to read your well informed posts Phil. Just a gorgeous bust!!
    22. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks Nicefice, most appreciated !
    23. mcheconi mcheconi, 5 years ago
      As always, breathtaking!
    24. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you vintagelamp.
    25. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks you to Ritamsg for the wonderful comment !
    26. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you Nicefice, love to you always, hope you keep in touch !
    27. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thanks Mani for the so nice comment !
    28. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Thank you Rick55 for the nice comment !
    29. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Fabulous !!!
    30. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      when i was a kid, we had two hamsters named Aggie and Clyte for Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. we named all of our little animals after Greek royalty and gods. strange family...
    31. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 12 months ago
      what a great sculpture

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