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"To view this miscellany of beauties, to gaze upon [Castle Howard’s] collection of excellencies, a man of taste may in a few hours improve his mind and expand his views more than he would do in months by reading descriptions from the pens of the most picturesque and impressive authors.”

Henry Ibbotson (1816-1886), The visitor’s guide to Castle Howard
Zeus marble fragment
£36,000
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"To view this miscellany of beauties, to gaze upon [Castle Howard’s] collection of excellencies, a man of taste may in a few hours improve his mind and expand his views more than he would do in months by reading descriptions from the pens of the most picturesque and impressive authors.”

Henry Ibbotson (1816-1886), The visitor’s guide to Castle Howard
Zeus marble fragment
£36,000
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Zeus marble fragment

Circa 2nd-3rd century AD

This beautiful Roman fragmentary statuette once belonged to Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle (1694-1758) and was displayed alongside his family’s illustrious collection of antiquities in their seat of Castle Howard, North Yorkshire.

This fragment preserves an eagle with spread wings, an ancient solar symbol. It was also regarded as the messenger of the king of the gods Zeus, who transformed at times into this bird.

Height: 7 3/4 inches (19.7 cm)

Provenance:

Acquired by Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle, between 1714-1739, during his travels to Rome, and thence by descent

Subsequently Sotheby's, Castle Howard sale, 11 November 1991, lot 44

Published:

B. Borg & H. von Hesberg, A. Linfert, Die antiken Skulpturen in Castle Howard, MAR XXI, Wiesbaden, 2005, 69, Cat. no. 28, Pl. 24

Arachne 3827: Lower part of a statuette of Zeus/Jupiter, Castle Howard, Yorkshire, Western Staircase.

£36,000

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