325. Attributed to Benedetto Boschetti Fine Bronze Bust of Ajax 19thCt


A Very Impressive & Superbly Cast Patinated Bronze Bust of Ajax Turning to Dexter, of good size proportions, after the Antique, attributed to Benedetto Boschetti (1820-1860). Mid Nineteenth Century. 

Wearing a Helmet cast with Satyrs, his toga tied at his left shoulder and a sash to his right, raised on a circular ormolu socle ending on a square stepped black marble and gilt bronze base with reeded mount detail. 

Condition: Good original condition, nice surface patination, ormolu areas have some staining. The base is not attached to the base, see images. 

Height: (entire, an impressive) 13” (33cm). Width: (at base) 5.5" (13.5cm). Depth: (at base) 5.5” (13.5cm). 

Shipped to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 


Footnotes: The design of the present bust originates from a larger figural group depicting Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus (see final image). Ajax was also known as Menelaus, and the larger composition repesents a scene in Homer’s Illiad where Menelaus carries the dying soldier during the Trojan War. The initial scylptural concept of this theme dates around 230 BC, but the present Bust was most likely modelled after a Roman copy now in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.