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$ 4,500

Large Scale Reduction of a Bath Carved Giallo Antico Marble Sculpture

Origin Italy
Period 19th Century
Materials Giallo Antico Marble hand carved
W. 18.11 in; H. 5.91 in; D. 5.91 in;
W. 46 cm; H. 15 cm; D. 15 cm;
Condition Good.
Description A large scale Italian Grand Tour carved Giallo Antico reduction of a bath, Rome, 19th century. The present artwork relates to antique Roman urns, sarcophagi and baths, such as those exhibited in the Vatican, which were sought as decorative souvenirs of Italy by Grand Tourists. Such patterns were featured in the sketches made in Rome by the architect Charles Heathcote Tatham published as Etchings Representing the Best Examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture..., 1799. The design for this reduction could well have been inspired by the Roman original from the Baths of Caracalla and now a fountain in the Piazza Farnese.
Giallo Antico is a variety of marble used by ancient romans and named " marmor numidicum"; starting from the second half of the second century BC it was used by the Numidian kings. Pliny attributes its introduction in Rome to Marco Emilio Lepido in 78 BC, who used blocks of it for the thresholds of his house. Suetonius reports that the people had an honorific column of Numidian marble erected in the Roman Forum dedicated to Caesar; Augustus used it for the columns of the peristyle of his house on the Palatine along with portasanta marble and pavonazzetto marble and also made extensive use of it in his Forum. The quarries soon became imperial property and this variety of marble was widely used for column shafts and wall and floor coverings in public buildings of the cities closest to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and in particular it was exported to the Italian peninsula. It was also used for statues of barbarians or wild beasts, in relation to its origin. In the third century the quarries probably ran out and the ancient yellow was progressively supplanted by yellow breccias of other origins and of lesser value. It is mentioned in Diocletian's Edict of Prices, at the beginning of the 4th century, where a rather high price is established.
Styles / Movements Baroque, Traditional
Patterns Handmade, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 475077
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