A pair of lions

This famous pair of lions stood from 1598 in the Villa Medici in Rome and from 1789 in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. In the following centuries, this model spread all over Europe. The depicted specimen found its way north of the Alps as a Grand Tour souvenir. Italy, ca 1850. Dim. H 23, Br 31, D 11 cm. Fine finish in shiny green serpentino.