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Code 318-53
Pair of Small Italian Carved Lions "The Sleeping and The Vigilant"

Antonio Canova (1757-1822), the renowned Italian artist, created the originals of these lions as a part of the monumental tomb for Clement XIII, in 1792 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. By the early 1800's, Canova became the most celebrated artist in Europe. Canova's lions are instantly recognizable when compared to other lion sculptures. The Lion who is awake represents vigilance, and the one who is asleep symbolizes moderation.  The originals rested upon two rectangular slabs on pedestals at the base of the monument (see bottom photo). These fantastic Italian, carved, alabaster lions rest upon an alabaster chip carved base.

CONDITION:  Good condition and very solid. Rubs and nicks with with minor crack, old surface buildup.

H=8, L=11 3/8, D=4 1/4
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