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Antique Grand Tour Borghese Gladiator Bronze by Barbedienne

Ferdinand Barbedienne Achille Collas Reduction Mechanique

‘Le Gladiateur Borghèse’

A mid 19th century French bronze figure of the Borghèse gladiator. Depicted standing, his left arm raised, the finely cast and chased bronze with dark brown patination. Now standing on a later marble block plinth. ‘Reduction mechanique’ seal & signed ‘F. Barbedienne’ to the base.

Bronze height 9” (23cm) Full height 11” (28cm)

Base width 6 7/8” (17.5cm)

Depth 4 3/8” (11cm)


Circa 1860

The Borghese Gladiator is a Hellenistic life-size marble sculpture discovered before 1611, south of Rome, among the ruins of a seaside palace of Nero. Created about 100BC, it was acquired by Napoleon Bonaparte from Camillo Borghese in 1807 and now resides in the Louvre.