About this object

Youthful female bust with small almond eyes, lightly indicated brows and a short and curvy mouth of a classical type. Her hair has a parting in the middle and the waves fall back over the ears in loose locks, drilled deeply in sections. She wears a prominent floral wreath probably of roses, alternating with open flowers and closed buds. The wreath may have been tied at the back of the head similarly to its restored state. She has been identified as Flora because of her wreath and the popularlty of the Capitoline Flora. She was a popular Roman deity of flowers and botanical fertility with a temple and a festival at Roman times. She was portrayed in coins but not found in exampled of statue. It is therefore difficult to identify the Ince piece as Flora. Muses also have wreaths but the one of the Ince piece does not seem similar to any of the ones worn by Muses.

Bartman dates the statue to the second half of the 1st century BC because of the drill work of the small bridges left between individual flowers and elements and the deep separation between individual locks of the front hair.

The head has been restored in the nose and the lower lip as well as the bust. Parts of the wreath are broken and there is surface damage to the left cheek. There are two dowel holes on the top of the head one is filled with metal. The right side of the head may have been recut and there are many tool marks on the crown suggesting the removal of original elements.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    1st Century AD second half
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    535 mm x 32 mm x 170 mm x 32.5 kg
  • Note
    From the Villa Negroni (Ashmole). Blundell named the statue as Flora, echoing the popularity of the Capitoline Flora during the Grand Tour and the Farnese Flora in Naples. Cavaceppi made several statues of Flora.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Thomas Jenkins ( Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description: This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell of Ince Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grant Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the preeminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell has strong competition from other collectors, British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Thomas Jenkins

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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