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Statuette of the Goddess Flora. SM A9. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Lewis Bush
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Statuette of the Goddess Flora (the Roman Goddess of flowers and symbolic of the Spring), Venetian

16th or 17th century

Bronze

Height: 26.3cm

Museum number: A9

Provenance help-art-provenance

Soane purchased this figure from the sale of the effects of John McGowan (or McGouan) a Scottish lawyer and antiquary: Catalogue of the Extensive Cabinet of Medals, Coins, Gems, Antiquities, and Books on the Fine Arts. Collected at a Liberal Expence, by John McGouan, Esq. F.R.S. Edin. Deceased. T. Philipe, Warwick Street, Golden Square, London, 8-15 February 1804 [Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, available online via Gallicia website, seems to be the auctioneers copy with neatly entered buyers details; another copy is at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham]. The BNP copy records Soane's purchase for £0.11.0 on the seventh day in the Bronzes section of lot 186 "an elegant FEMALE, half draped, holding a large cornucopia with both hands, 10½ inches". This is almost certainly this figure A9.

We are grateful to Tim Teuten for sharing this provenance information with us 2021.


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