Lot 184

A BRONZE REDUCTION OF THE STATUE OF ST PETER FROM ST PETER’S BASILICA 
holding a key in his left hand, blessing with his right, seated on a throne above a square plinth,
46cm high

This bronze is a reduction of the famous bronze of Saint Peter in the basilica of Saint Peter’s, Rome. The origin of the bronze is not known, it has been suggested that it dates to the 5th or 6th century and that St. Leo, who was Pope from 440 to 461, had the statue of St. Peter made out of the bronze of the ancient Jupiter Capitolinus. Other scholars have attributed it to the 13th century sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio, who also created the tabernacle of St. Paul.

Estimate: £400-£600