Offered by: Solomon Treasure
1050 Second Ave New York City, NY 10022 , United States Call Seller 917.686.9732


Margaret Foley (American, 1827-1877) Marble Bust "Head of Prophet Zephaniah"

$ 65,000
  • Description
    Margaret Foley (American, 1827-1877) Marble Bust "Head of Prophet Zephaniah"

    A rare and important marble bust head relief portrait on The Prophet Zephaniah, skillfully sculpted by American female artist Margaret Foley, in Rome, Italy, 1865.

    In original elaborate carved gilt-wood oval frame. Signed and dated at left below bust: "M.F. FOLEY. F. IN ROMA 1865"

    Frame size: 36" high x 31" wide x 5" deep
    Marble size: 29.5" high x 24.5" wide

    There is an identical one in the Brooklyn Museum of Art with a later date of 1868 described as "Head of Prophet Zephaniah", Large oval medallion with relief portrait bust of elderly man in profile facing right, has long beard and long, wavy hair, wears robe over shoulder; The present example being offered here is slightly earlier (1865).

    Very good condition to the marble. Frame has normal wear, age cracks, consistent with age and use.

    Zephaniah is the name of several people in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Tanakh; the most prominent one being the prophet who prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah and is attributed a book bearing his name among the Twelve Minor Prophets. His name is commonly transliterated Sophonias in Bibles translated from the Vulgate or Septuagint.

    In Christianity he is commemorated with the other minor prophets in the calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on July 31. On the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar and in the Roman Martyrology, he is commemorated on December 3. His book is an inspiration for the hymn, Dies irae.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Giltwood, Marble
    Condition: Good. Very good condition
    Styles / Movements: Asian Art
    Incollect Reference #: 577335
  • Dimensions
    W. 31 in; H. 36 in; D. 5 in;
    W. 78.74 cm; H. 91.44 cm; D. 12.7 cm;
Message from Seller:

For four generations, Solomon Treasure has obtained a reputation for dealing in rare and important 18th – 19th century antiques and fine art.

Sign In To View Price close

You must Sign In to your account to view the price. If you don’t have an account, please Create an Account below.

Loading... Loading...
  • This website uses cookies to track how visitors use our website to provide a better user experience. By continuing to browse this website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy
Join InCollect close

Join to view prices, save favorites, share collections and connect with others.

Forgot Password?
  • Be the first to see new listings and weekly events
    Invalid Email. Please try again.