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This is Lot Number 1

Garden Statuary: Circle of Gabriel Grupello: A carved sandstone figure of Prometheus

Estimated Price:
£5,000 - £8,000

Hammer Price:
£5,500

circa 1700
183cm high

The mythological figure of Prometheus stole the secret of fire from the god Zeus and as an eternal punishment, is chained to a rock in the Caucasus, where his liver is eaten daily by an eagle only to be regenerated by night, due to his immortality. The eagle is a symbol of Zeus himself. Years later, the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules) slays the eagle and frees Prometheus from the eagle's torment.

Gabri�l Grupello 1644 -1730 was a Flemish Baroque sculptor who produced religious and mythological sculptures, portraits and public sculptures. He was a virtuoso sculptor who enjoyed the patronage of several European rulers. He studied under the leading Baroque sculptor Artus Quellinus I. He enjoyed the patronage of various European rulers, including the Spanish king Charles II, William II of Orange and Frederick III, the Elector of Brandenburg.

His work was influenced by the Flemish Baroque, and in particular Peter Paul Rubens, and developed into a full-blown Baroque style as in this example.

Provenance; Tony Roth, Art Historian and Sculpture dealer

This is Lot Number 1

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