A PLASTER LIBRARY BUST OF HERMES, AFTER THE ANTIQUE, BY D BRUCCIANI AND CO, on a circular socle, marked to the back D. BRUCCIANI, LONDON, 76cm high, together with a similar plaster bust of a man, possibly Apollo, on a socle, 80cm high (2)
Note: The work, depicting Hermes, was cast from a sculpture found in Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, which passed through the Lansdowne collection and is now thought to be in the hands of a private owner in America.
D. Brucciani & Co was set up by Domenico Brucciani in London in 1837 and became one of the most successful companies, in the lucrative business of copying art, establishing ties with both the British Museum and the V & A.
Brucciani and Co were employed by the museums to help create and assemble an important collection of casts of sculpture and architecture during the 19th century.
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