Aphrodite Torso Sculpture After the Ancient in Basalt
This sculpture of Aphrodite, magnificently cast in black resin and mounted on variegated faux marble pedestal by Alva Museum Replicas (Alva Studios, Inc.) in 1955, is an exceptional copy of the basalt statue of Aphrodite dating from the late 1st to 2nd century A.D. in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is said to be adapted from the Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C., known as the Medici Aphrodite. (See the public domain image of the original here.) Measures: 20 x 8.75 x 7.5 in; 51 x 22 x 19 cm.
Alva Studios was one of the leading companies in the field of authorized reproductions, apparently operating from the 1940s through the 1970s. Through their royalty agreements with leading museums here and abroad, they gained unique access to many revered works in marble and bronze, and produced works in bronze and resin that were considered the finest in the industry, able to closely duplicate the shape, color, color, patina and texture of the original.