Live Auction

The Fine Sale - November 9, 2023

Thu, Nov 9, 2023 10:00AM EST
Lot 330

Italian Bronze Model of The Farnese Bull, After the Antique

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

20 x 17 x 17 in.


Note: The Farnese Bull, formerly in the Farnese collection in Rome, is a massive Roman elaborated copy of a Hellenistic sculpture. It is the largest single sculpture recovered from antiquity. Along with the rest of the Farnese antiquities, since 1826 it has been in the collection of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli in Naples, though in recent years sometimes displayed at the Museo di Capodimonte across the city. The sculpture in Naples is much restored, and includes around the base a child, a dog, and other animals not apparently in the original composition, which is known from versions in other media.


In good, overall condition with four drill holes on the base. Slight discoloration on the bull with a slight rust patina on the base. Generally, a warm brown patination. One arm with an old repair.


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