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A carved marble figure by Pietro Tenerani (1789-1869) Italian

A carved marble figure by Pietro Tenerani (Italian, 1789-1869),
'Psyche in a Faint', 1860, carved marble, signed and dated,
110cm wide
66cm deep
114cm high,
together with a stone slab,
123 x 67cm (2)

Provenance: Recently recovered from the garden of a country house in East Anglia, having been in the same family ownership for fifty years.

This sculpture depicts a scene from Apuleius' Metamorphoses, the moment that Psyche opens Proserpina's beauty ointment, having been sent into the underworld to collect it by the jealous Venus. In spite of being told not to, Psyche's curiosity gets the better of her and she opens the flask, instantly falling into a deep slumber or faint. The flask can be seen at the subject's feet, the cover falling from her hand. Tenerani revisited this subject on at least seven other occasions; he was fascinated with trying to capture the languid fluidity of the fainting body, setting a fleeting moment in stone. Other examples of this work can be found in prominent international collections, perhaps the most famous being the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

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Sold for £10,000


Condition report

Weathered having been kept outside for the previous 50 years, wings broken and repaired, fingers and toes lost. See additional images. Both wings broken and crudely repaired. The inner part of her left-wing has been broken off and lost. Right thumb lost. Most of left little finger lost. Three right toes lost. Rubbing, wear and weathering throughout. Chips, losses and abrasions to raised areas. 

 

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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, Tue, 30th Mar 2021

We are very excited to share the online catalogue for our forthcoming Fine Interiors sale featuring almost 900 lots of furniture, works of art, paintings and silver. Our first sale of 2021 offers a selection of the very best in classical and contemporary furnishings from all over the globe, including a strong showing of country and vernacular pieces, as well as vibrant and bright Chinoiserie and florally themed lots, which are perfect for the beginning of Spring and the more hopeful months to come.

An exciting new development for the department is the introduction of the Fine Interiors Journal, a companion guide offering an overview of the sale complete with links directly to the relevant sections of the online catalogue.

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All lots should be removed by 5pm on Friday 9 April 2021.  Furniture lots remaining after this date will be removed to:
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