Figure of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix
Signed: C. Fossi, Roma after Antonio Canova
Second half of the 19th c.
Carved Italian marble
Condition: Fine condition, missing one tassel on the pillow.
In “as found” condition. Some surface grime and pitting. Appears to have never been cleaned or restored.
Provenance: From a Boston Family.
This semi-nude full length reclining figure of Pauline Bonaparte as venus Victrix holding an apple was created by an Italian 19th c. artist from the original neo-Classical sculpture done by sculptor Antonio Canova in 1804-1808. The original was commissioned by her husband Prince Camillo Borghese shortly after they arrived in Rome. The scaled down version from the original lif-size model remarkably captures all the intricate detail and design elements of Canova’s piece which is now at teh Galleria Borghese. Even though this 19th c. example is considered a decorative piece, the carving is of exceptional quality and is complimented by the well executed chaise daybed. In the 19th century there were many accomplished Italian sculptors as seen here by c. Fossi who was relatively unknown.
Dimensions: 21 1/4"h x 41 1/2"s x 14 1/2"d
Item ID: DA-C/E-SCLP/ORN 030