CIRCA 1860 BRONZE GRAND TOUR MODEL OF TRAJAN'S COLUMN ON MARBLE BASE 40CM TALL

£5,000.00

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Wimbledon-Furniture

Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for auction this stunning large antique circa 1860 Grand Tour bronze statue of Trajan’s column on a marble base

These statues are very collectable, they were basically souvenirs for posh kids that left school and took a year out to travel the grand sights of Europe, they would purchase Grand Tour pieces as conversation trophy’s to sit in their library or study, it would prove they were well educated, cultured and travelled

Trajan’s Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana, Latin: COLVMNA·TRAIANI) is a Roman triumphal column in Rome, Italy, that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars. It was probably constructed under the supervision of the architect Apollodorus of Damascus at the order of the Roman Senate. It is located in Trajan’s Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum.

Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically represents the wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern.

The structure is about 30 metres (98 feet) in height, 35 metres (115 feet) including its large pedestal. The shaft is made from a series of 20 colossal Carrara marble drums, each weighing about 32 tons, with a diameter of 3.7 metres (12.1 feet). The 190-metre (620-foot) frieze winds around the shaft 23 times. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 steps provides access to a viewing platform at the top.

The capital block of Trajan’s Column weighs 53.3 tons, which had to be lifted to a height of c. 34 metres (112 feet). Ancient coins indicate preliminary plans to top the column with a statue of a bird, probably an eagle, but after construction, a statue of Trajan was put in place; this statue disappeared in the Middle Ages.

On December 4, 1587, the top was crowned by Pope Sixtus V with a bronze figure of St. Peter, which remains to this day. The column was originally flanked by two libraries, which may have contained Trajan’s scroll-written despatches from his Roman-Dacian Wars. Filippo Coarelli suggests that such scrolls are the basis both of the column’s design and its spiraling, sculpted narrative. The column shows 2,662 figures, and 155 scenes; Trajan himself appears on the column 58 times.

This piece is a nice size for display, very well cast and in good solid order throughout

Dimensions

Height:- 40cm

Width:- 11.5cm

Depth:- 11.5cm

Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point, if you would like any additional or specific measurements please ask

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ABOUT US

Wimbledon-Furniture is a privately owned family ran business out of Wimbledon SW19, we have four large storage warehouse’s, if you have any questions my number is under the business sellers information, please feel free to call or text  

 

PAYMENTS

We accept payment via card at the warehouse on the day of collection, PayPal or bacs prior to collection We would kindly ask that all items are paid for within 48 hours and collected within 7 working days, we can hold all paid items for 14 days free of charge, there after a £10 a week storage fee will apply for the first two weeks

Please ask before purchase should you wish us to hold something for longer than two weeks, if after three months your item isn’t collected you will forfeit your payment and the item will be placed for sale again  

 

CONDITION

Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition

Please also ask any questions before you bid and not after, all of our items are sold as seen and as listed

Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade   

 

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