946. Attrib Benedetto Boschetti Bronze Male Bust of Ajax Greek Lamp Mythological Hero

A Very Impressive & Superbly Cast Patinated Bronze Bust of Ajax Turning to Dexter, of good size proportions, after the Antique, attributed to Benedetto Boschetti (1820-1860). Now converted to an Electric Table Lamp. Mid to late Nineteenth Century.  

Wearing a Helmet cast with Satyrs, his toga tied at his left shoulder and a sash to his right, raised on a square base ending on a square stepped whine veined dark grey marble base. 

Condition: Good original condition, nice surface patination, no losses to marble base. This piece is heavy and unusually large proportions. The champagne is not included! 

Height: (entire, as shown in image 10, an impressive) 21.5” (54.5cm). Width: (at base) 5.5" (14cm). Depth: (at base) 5.5” (13.5cm). 

Location: Dublin City, Ireland. 

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Footnotes: The design of the present bust originates from a larger figural group depicting Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus (see final image). Ajax was also known as Menelaus, and the larger composition represents a scene in Homer’s Illiad where Menelaus carries the dying soldier during the Trojan War. The initial sculptural concept of this theme dates around 230 BC, but the present Bust was most likely modelled after a Roman copy now in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.