A late 18th century white marble bust of Sappho

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A late 18th century white marble bust of Sappho
Her hair tied in a chignon, in classical dress revealing one breast, on a turned socle base, 59cm high.


Dimensions & Details
Height: 59cm
Material: Marble
Period: Late 18th century
Style: Neo-classical
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Sappho is often associated with love poetry. This bust of Sappho is after a head of slightly earlier date which was at Wilton House, Salisbury and appears in a wash drawing by William Stukeley dated 1722.

The Wilton bust was listed in an inventory by R.Cowdry, Description of the Curiosities in Wilton-House, 1722 as next to the Great Room, Seneca, Sappho, with the bandage as deified, of the finest Marble like Ivory, the last Perfection of Greek Sculpture; white as at first making, because (with several here) found in a Vault.

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