Pair Antique Grand Tour Italian Roman Emperor Marble Busts Sculptures

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Included here are two extraordinary antique (19th century) Italian carved busts depicting the Roman emperors, Vespian and Galba.  Measures:  35 x 25 x 14 in (88.9 x 63.5 x 35.6 cm); 35 x 29 x 15 in (88.9 x 73.7 x 38.1 cm).  Each exhibits the finest craftsmanship and details in high relief and their overall condition is very good.  There is a loss to the face of the socle where the Vespian name is shown, and a small loss on the front on the figure's garment.  There are two small, filled holes on the head of Galba, and signs of restoration to the ear on the same side.  We have found no signatures. Additional images forwarded upon request.

The bust on the left, dressed in robes in variegated slate and brown colors, depicts Vespasian, Roman Emperor from 69 to 79.  (In Latin, Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus.) Vespasian was the founder of the Flavian dynasty which ruled the Empire for a quarter century. His reign is best known for financial reforms following the demise of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, the successful campaign against Judaea, and several ambitious construction projects, such as the Colosseum. Upon his death in 79, he was succeeded by his eldest son Titus, thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to be directly succeeded by his own son. (Source:


The other bust depicts Galba, Roman Emperor who served prior to Vespasian from 68 to 69.  (In Latin, Servius Sulpicius Galba Caesar Augustus). He was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, and made a bid for the throne during the rebellion of Julius Vindex. He was the first emperor of the Year of the Four Emperors.

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Fine Art
Antiques (approx100yrs)
19th Century
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Very Good