Antique Alabaster Lovers Sculpture after Canova


  • £2,200.00
  • €2,570 Euro
  • $3,011 US Dollar

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Antique Alabaster Lovers Sculpture after Canova

A lovely antique Italian carved alabaster sculpture, the lovers, after Antonio Canova, circa 1870 in date.

The beautiful sculpture is made from stunning white alabaster on an onyx base, and depicts a pair of embracing lovers.

The attention to detail throughout this piece is second to none.

In really excellent condition, with no chips or marks, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 30 x Width 47 x Depth 21

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 8 inches

Alabaster - is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals, when used as a material: gypsum and calcite also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster.

In general, but not always, ancient Alabaster in Egypt and the Near & Middle East is calcite. Alabaster in medieval Europe is gypsum. Modern Alabaster is probably calcite, but may be either. Both are easy to 'work' and as both are slightly water soluble, have been used for making a variety of indoor artworks and carvings, as they will not survive long outdoors.

The finer kinds of alabaster are employed largely as an ornamental stone, especially for ecclesiastical decoration and for the rails of staircases and halls. Alabaster is also used widely by the sculptors.

In Europe, the centre of the alabaster trade is Florence, Italy.

Our reference: A1880


  • H: 30cm (11.81in)
  • W: 47cm (18.50in)
  • D: 21cm (8.27in)


circa 1870

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