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Trapezophorum (table leg)
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Trapezophorum (table leg)

I century. Carrara marble.
Not on display

This decorative element consists of a Roman cartibulum leg to which a bovine head crowned by a platform with volutes was added in the 17th century. The piece was restored in 1999.

Paradoxically, this unpublished and practically unknown piece must have been very interesting in earlier centuries, and its rare iconography inspired the fantasy of those who described it. Once restored, it was in Christina of Sweden´s collection, and later in the Odescalchi collection, where it was described as “Idolo d´un toro legato con corde, con le zampe del petto piegate indietro, che termina arabescato in una gran zampa di drago, con capitello sopra il capo, che serve di piedastallo; opera antica con tutta diligenza scolpita.” When it arrived at the La Granja Palace, it was logically included with the Egyptianizing scuptures in the "Gallery of Idols." As a result, the author of the 1789 inventory described it as "an Idol in the form of an ox with the sacrificial table over his head."

By the time it arrived in Madrid in the 19th century, its "sacred" interpretation had cooled and it was seen as a simple pilaster. The 1849-1857 inventory describes its head as "modern and of Carrara marble, with a foot of Greek marble." But even this observation was soon forgotten and Hübner insured its oblivion by not even mentioning this piece among the falsifications.

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Inventory number
E000599
Author
Anonymous
Title
Trapezophorum (table leg)
Date
I century
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
Carrara marble
Dimension
Height: 101 cm; Width: 30 cm; Base/bottom: 22 cm; Weight: 63.6 Kg
Series
Colección Cristina de Suecia
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Cristina de Suecia; collection of Felipe V; Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso)

Bibliography +

Fernandez Miranda y Lozana, Fernando, Inventarios Reales Carlos III 1789-1790, II, Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1988, pp. 306.

El Cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998, pp. nº57.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2011, pp. 41,76 / 118-119.

Other inventories +

Inv. Carlos III, 1789-1790. Núm. 2906.
Un Ydolo en figura de Buey con la mesa del Sacrificio sobre la Caveza de tres pies y medio de alto...500

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 97.
Estipite compuesta de una cabeza de ternera y una garza por pie, la cabeza es moderna y de marmol de Carrara, y el pie de marmol griego. / Alto 3 pies, 6 pulg, 6 lin.

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 24-10-2017

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