1512 Lot 036 – Bronze Sculpture – Laocoon and his sons.


Μπρούντζινο γλυπτό με σκούρα καφέ φυσική πατίνα. Λαοκόων και οι γιοί του.

FRENCH SCHOOL. From the Greek mythology, Laocoon and his sons. Bronze sculpture with dark brown patina. Stamped with A. Collas reduction seal, Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry marks and marked OUDIN at the base. H65cm, W50cm, D24cm. 19th century. Weight: 34Kg.

The original group “Laocoon and his sons” was excavated in Rome in 1506 and was placed in the Vatican Museum. It shows the Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus being attacked by sea serpents. It is believed to be one of the finest examples of the Hellenistic baroque, dating from about 200BC to 70AD. In this bronze, we see the group as it was between 1540 and 1957 with Laocoon’s extended arm as well as the sons’ restored arms. The restorations were removed in the 1980s.

A similar bronze group by the Barbedienne Foundry with the Collas seal, sold in the USA at BUNTE Auction Services in Sept. 2005 for $9,000 – lot 1198.
Another bronze group by Giacomo Zoffoli sold at Sotheby’s London on the 21/4/2004 sale L04230, Lot 42, estimated ₤15-20K, Realized ₤33,600 incl. premium.

Provenance: Nicosia Estate of an eminent Cypriot Doctor’s collection.

Sold for €8,839 incl. premium

Estimate: €15,000-30,000