18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs
18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs 18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs 18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs 18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs 18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs 18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs
18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs

18th-Century Boxwood Furietti Centaurs

  • These exceptional 18th-century German statuettes are carved from boxwood
  • The pair are based on two of the most famous classical sculptures ever found, the Furietti Centaurs
  • Excavated from Hadrian's Villa in 1736, they are named for Cardinal Giuseppe Alessandro Furietti
  • To find such an early reduction of these sculptures executed in boxwood is a rarity
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Item No. 31-0204
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These exceptional 18th-century German statuettes represent the height of the art of boxwood carving. Depicting two centaurs — one old and one young — the pair are based on two of the most famous classical sculptures ever found, the Furietti Centaurs. These Roman grey-black marble centaurs were excavated together at Hadrian's Villa in December of 1736. The duo was named for Giuseppe Alessandro Furietti, a Roman Catholic cardinal and collector of antiquities who led the excavations at the site of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli. The centaurs were undoubtedly Furietti's most significant find, and when Pope Benedict XIV demanded the sculptures for the Church's collection, Furietti refused, an act of defiance that cost him his cardinal's hat. Following Furietti's death in 1764, Pope Clement XIII eventually managed to secure them for the Capitoline Museum (Rome), where they remain to this day.

Wildly popular when they were discovered in the 17th century, the centaurs were the subject of a number of reproductions in the decades and centuries that followed. While most examples of these figures on the market today are 19th- and 20th-century Italian bronze reductions, this pair is an exceptionally rare 18th-century German creation crafted from boxwood. The art of boxwood carving emerged in the Low Countries during the 15th century, and boxwood miniatures were quite popular. Larger boxwood figures, however, were quite rare, and to find an existing pair in such wonderful condition is truly special.

Circa 1760

8" wide x 4 1/4" deep x 19 1/4" high
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:Germany
Depth:4.25 Inches
Width:8.0 Inches
Height:19.25 Inches
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