A pair of lovely bookends inspired by the full scale Canova lions.
marble lion bookends pair
Length: 13cm Height: 15cm
The original lions were carved in 1792 by the Italian artist, Antonio Canova for the monumental tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The lions crouch at the base of the tomb: one vigilant, the other dozing.
Around 1810 they were acquired from the Canova workshop in Rome to form part of a French private collection. There is a full-scale pair at Chatsworth House.
This collection is made in the UK in cast Carrara marble. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome and was a favourite of Michelangelo.
The sculptures are created using a process of dry casting, so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble. They glisten!
The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - especially if the pieces are placed outdoors.