Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
Giovanni Zoffoli (c.1745-1805) and Giacomo Zoffoli (c.1731-1785)
Art / Sculpture
1793 (signed and dated)
Bronze and marble
590 x 355 x 174 mm
Place of origin
RomeOrder this image
Saltram, Devon (Accredited Museum)
Bronze on marble pedestal, Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (121-180 AD), on horseback, after the antique, Giovanni Zoffoli (c.1745-1805) and Giacomo Zoffoli (c.1731-1785), signed G. Zoffoli F. Rome 1793. A reduction of the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD, in the Musei Capitolini, Rome. Mounted on a marble pedestal.
Part of a bronze garniture de cheminée cast in Rome at the Giacomo and Giovanni Zoffoli foundry, consisting of a central equestrian figure of Marcus Aurelius, two seated figures of Agrippina and Menander, the Capitoline Flora and the Farenese Flora, and the Borghese and Medici Vases.
Probably bought by Lord Boringdon in Rome 1793 and thence by descent until accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death-duties from the executors of Edmund Robert Parker, 4th Earl of Morley (1877-1951) and transferred to the National Trust in 1957.
Saltram, The Morley Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by H. M. Treasury, and transferred to The National Trust in 1957)
Makers and roles
Giovanni Zoffoli (c.1745-1805) and Giacomo Zoffoli (c.1731-1785), makers Giacomo Zoffoli (c.1731 - 1785), maker Giovanni Zoffoli (c.1745-1805), maker
Souvenirs of the Grand Tour, Wildenstein, London, 1982, no.54
Honour 1961 Hugh Honour 'Bronze Statuettes by Giacomo and Giovanni Zoffoli', Connoisseur, DXCVII, November 1961, fig. 4, pp. 198-205