A bronze group of the Lion killing the Horse, after Giambologna, 17th Century, Italian.

Black lacquer over dark green patina, 30.5cm wide.

Giambologna (1529-1608) was a master sculptor who specialised in works featuring complex, intertwined elements.

Small bronze reductions of many of his sculptures were prized by connoisseurs like Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), who purchased this example in Italy during his first Grand Tour in 1763.

It was listed in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: ‘the dressing room ..a Lyon devouring a horse in bronze on an ebony stand ornamented with brass.’


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