Roman Marble of a Young Boy Roman Marble of a Young Boy

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Lot #: 278
Roman Marble of a Young Boy
Roman imperial period. On a carved stone capital plinth.
Ht. 15 1/2" W 5" D 4", Ht. Inc Base 19 1/2"
Provenance: The collection of the honorable Larz Anderson (1866-1937), an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel (1876-1948), an author and benefactress, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. [included in estate appraisal dated 1911]. Following Larz Anderson's death in 1937, his widow bequeathed the house and its contents to the Society of the Cincinnati; Deaccessioned Property from the Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., December 5th, 2000. A Private collection.
Auction Date
Mar 28, 2020


Documents: Anderson Family Papers: Acquisitions and Possessions of Larz & Isabel Anderson, Box 1 Folder AP 4E, The Society of the Cincinnati, 2016. Deaccessioned Property from The Society of the Cincinnati, Cataloged Sale, 2000.

The marble was most likely originally purchased at some point during Ambassador Larz Anderson service in Rome where he met his wife Isabel Weld Perkins as she was on her grand tour in the late 19th century. After their marriage the two spent their time between palatial homes in Boston and Washington. They spent three years (1902–1905) building this 50-room palace with the intention that the house and all its furnishings be bequeathed to the Society of the Cincinnati for a headquarters and museum. The Anderson House is one of the capital city's most fashionable mansions—a "Florentine villa in the midst of American independence." In their time they were the wealthiest residents of DC. The couple devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy.

Attached images included the embassy row mansion as well as a portrait of the couple by Philip de László, 1926.

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