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silla was born out of a passion for beautiful objects: special pieces with aesthetic and historical significance. In 2009, after years of collecting, Andrew Silla and his wife Grace began to work privately with clients from their residence in Southern Maryland. Quickly outgrowing the space, the business was moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania in 2012 and after several warehouse location changes it was firmly settled in the present brick-and-mortar location in downtown Shippensburg.

The 9000 square foot brick-and-mortar gallery is home to a large collection of works of art and estate jewelry. We specialize in sculpture circa 1860 through 1930 with a particular emphasis on the Animaliers and as such the gallery always has a very large collection of exceptional European and American sculpture available on display.

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Grand Tour Bust of Julius Caesar | Italian, circa late 19th century


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Italian, 19th century

Bust of Julius Caesar

Patinated and pigmented sand-cast bronze over Violet Breche marble socle | unsigned

Item # 212WHZ09P 

A finely cast and beautifully patinated bust of Julius Caesar, it likely originates from Rome circa the third quarter of the 19th century and rests over its original violet breché marble socle. Likely modeled after the Vatican Museum's Roman Chiaramonti bust, it is an idealized portrait of the leader that was carved for his 42 B.C. deification. The present example features a nuanced surface patina with what appears to be an underlying chemical patination augmented by trace verde pigment under lacquer that has since been waxed over the decades to create a warm and translucent surface throughout. Note the wonderful autumnal highlights that come through in the relief with just a trace of reddish undertones. The surface of the bronze is beautifully cast, chiseled and chased. An excellent presentation.

Measurements: 15" total height (bronze with marble); 10 1/4" H x 3 3/8" D x 5 1/2" W [bronze]; 4 7/8" H x 4" diameter [base]

Condition Report:
Numerous chips around edges of the marble rim and footer. Light patina wear to handled areas, overall remaining in excellent condition. A very fine presentation.