CA0491 Large Grand Tour Alabaster Temple of Vespasian
Large, very good, Italian 19th century alabaster Grand Tour architectual representation of the ruins of the Temple of Vespasian and Titus located in the Forum in Rome. Designed in the Corithian style the temple was begun by Titus in AD79 after the death of his father, Vespasian and completed under Emperor Domitian, circa AD87. In the 19th century the ruins of the temple were fully excavated and models such as this one were made first in marble and then in alabaster in Rome. We can date this example to post 1870 as this is believed to be when the Siena marble ran out, and subsequent models were made in alabaster. Carved alabaster with very good quality pattern and pictorial detail to the side and rarely seen undercarving between the columns. Partial inscription 'ESTITVER' to the front. Presented on a Alabastro Rosa base with a canted corner with the inscription 'TEMPIO DI VESPASIANO to the front. Very good condition with minimal old repairs. Italy, Rome, circa 1870.
H 62.5cm x W 21cm x D 21cm