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Mid-Century Italian Medici Lions On Marble Base
A fabulous mid-20th Century Italian reproduction of the Medici Lions in the form of bookends. These lions were originally sculpted in marble and were required by Ferdinando de'Medici, the Grand Duke Of Tuscany, in 1576 to serve as majestic ornments for the villa's garden staircase.
The sculptures depict standing male lions with a sphere or ball under one paw, looking to the side. These beautiful bookends were made of reproduced marble and they sit atop of black marble bases.
The sculptures were replaced by copies at the Villa Medici when Napoleon relocated the French Academy in Rome to the villa in 1803 while the originals were moved to Florence and to this day they flank the steps to the Loggia deo Lanzi at the Piazza della Signoria.
Set of two lion bookends
6”H x 5.25”L x 3.5”W
Made of reproduced Carrara marble by mixing marble, alabaster and resin. Marble base.
Signed by artist A. Santini and marked Italy
Amilcare Santini was a sculptor born in Florence, Italy in 1910
In great vintage condition, with a couple of chips on the base and a superficial hairline on one of the tails
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