Le Louvre French Antiques

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Code 916-16
A Carved Venetian Marble Overdoor Circa 1800

This superb antique marble overdoor depicts the Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice (see description below). Beneath the lion is a shield bearing a bridge with three arches over water. Further down are tied acanthus leaves ending in flowers and scrolling to either side.  All this rests upon a canted cornice with tulip molding and small linear molding beneath. There are two holes bored into the top that must have held some type of finial or attachment at one point.

The symbol of Venice is the winged lion with a book open under its right foreleg. The Latin inscription engraved on the sacred book reads: 'Pax tibi Marce evangelista meus' (Peace to you Mark my evangelist). When the Lion was represented in paintings or sculptures holding a sword, meant that Venice was facing a time of war. Most of the 'Venetian lions' were destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1797, and what we see today are almost all faithful copies of the originals.

CONDITION: Some nicks and minor losses. Lower right corner piece (underside) was re-attached recently. Please see photos.

H=33, L=51 1/4, D=7 1/8
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