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Lot 10

After the antique: An impressive pair of dogs of Alcibiades

It is likely that these dogs date to the early 19th century but their provenance is unknown
104cm high

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000
Hammer price: £35,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Discovered outside Rome in the mid 18th century the original dog came into the possession of Cavaceppi who sold it to Henry Jennings who brought it back to England where it was much admired and copies were produced. The popularity of this model can be judged by the number of places it appears and that even in the mid 19th Century manufacturers of garden ornament such as Austin and Seeley still offered it for sale. The original then sold to Charles Duncombe on 1778 for £1,000 whose family kept until 2001 when it was acquired by the British museum.

Garden ornament

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