Pair of sculptures depicting sleeping lions.
The model is an invention of Canova.
Legend says that in 1767 Canova at the age of 10
made a lion in butter for a cake. A Winged Lion that was a great success.
It happened during a dinner among nobles in Villa Predazzi in Asolo.
Dinner organized by Senator Giovanni Falier.
It seems that thanks to this episode Falier decided to instruct Canova
allowing him to attend the best studios and the Academy of Arts.
The sleeping lions were designed by Antonio Canova for the funeral monument of Clement XIII
then built between 1783 and 1792.
The sculptures had a great success so they were replicated as objects
collectible from the sculptors of the Grand Tour.
One in yellow travertine marble was placed in the Royal Castle of Racconigi.
The 2 wooden sculptures we propose are built with square nails and
with techniques compatible with the Canova era.
the materials are sculpted and lacquered Spruce and Poplar.
The lacquer has a claclè and traces of sandracca typical of the eighteenth-century period.
We therefore believe that these are 2 works made in Venice between 1780 and 1790 on
evident inspiration of Canova's sleeping lions that some Venetian nobleman decided
to have it made by their cabinetmakers to decorate their home.
They are definitely charming and of an optimal size to give an elegant impression
to a refined environment.
The conservation is very good, as already mentioned the lacquer is original and
presents a sincere craclè. It had a thick sandracca currently
very yellowed and very worn. There are still many traces of it
especially in the folds of the hair and between the toes of the paws.
They are very rare antique decorative elements.
Venice / Veneto area around the middle of the 18th century (1790)
Measurements: 125 x 52 cm height: 70 cm
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