Grand Tour Bronze Silenus Figural Lamp by Nelli, Rome

Grand Tour Bronze Silenus Figural Lamp by Nelli, Rome

Code: 12011


H: 90cm (35.4")


A large Grand Tour Bronze of Selenus by Alessandro Nelli, Parlanti Foundry, Rome, late 19th century, after the Roman original bronze discovered in Pompeii and now in Naples Museum.  The drunken Silenus wrestling a serpent, after the original Roman bronze discovered at Pompeii in 1864. Later mounted as a table lamp, with a faux wax candle mounted on a wooden base supporting a brass tube with bulb fitting, and with hand painted drum shaped shade. Stamped "NELLI ROMA' on the base.

Alessandro Nelli (1842-1897) was an Italian entrepreneur and founder of the Fonderia Nelli (Nelli Foundry), which was the leading sculpture foundry in Rome from 1880 to 1900. He participated in both national, international and universal exhibitions, winning several prizes and medals and exported more than one hundred pieces to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. 

in excellent condition with good patination.

The figure 60cm high, 90cm high including shade.