Bronze with black patina, height: 81 cm
Discovered on October 26, 1830 by Antonio Bonucci, who was excavating the house known as "the house of the Faun", the largest house in Pompeii (together with the Villa of the Mysteries), since it extended over an entire insula, that is to say, a district surrounded by four streets.
It must have belonged to Sylla's nephew and was built at the beginning of the second century B.C. and modified at the end of the same century.
In the atrium, the famous statue of the faun was enthroned, in the center of the impluvium (basin towards which the roofs were poured and which collected the rain water).
This Dancing Faun is now in the collections of the archaeological museum of Naples.
It would be a Roman replica of a Greek original.
Our bronze (signed), made with the lost wax technique, was manufactured in the nineteenth century by a historical foundry in Naples, the Chiurazzi foundry.
This foundry reproduced not only large groups, but also all kinds of statues discovered during the excavations of Pompeii and supplied the market for travelers of the Grand Tour from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century. They brought back these objects as souvenirs to decorate their homes.
The Grand Tour, written in the same way in English, was originally a long trip to Europe made by young men, and more rarely young women, from the highest classes of European society.
This aristocratic educational journey was intended to perfect their education and raise their interests, just after, or during their studies, then essentially based on Greek and Latin humanities. The main destinations were Italy, but also France, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Grand Tour was the privilege of art lovers, collectors and writers, including Goethe and Alexandre Dumas.
There are many copies on the art market, but our bronze is distinguished by its high quality of execution, its fine chasing and a superb patina!
Very nice condition.