Carved Citrine Lion by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

  • This remarkable specimen of citrine is exquisitely carved to depict a lion
  • The one-of-a-kind objet d'art is the work of the renowned sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
  • Zadora was inspired by the famed 18th-century funerary lions carved by Antonio Canova
  • The sculpture deftly captures the Neoclassical elegance of Canova's legendary work
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Item No. 30-7766

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This solid piece of highly translucent citrine has been beautifully carved to depict a lion. The objet d’art was crafted by the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, a man commonly regarded as America's Fabergé for his exceptional sculptures formed from gemstones. This one-of-a-kind piece clearly reveals the high level of skill of its craftsman, both in its intricate detail and masterful design. Entirely unique and absolutely breathtaking in its quality, the piece also boasts extraordinary clarity and tone for a stone of this size.

Zadora's lion was modeled on the iconic beasts that guard the cenotaph of Pope Clement XIII in St. Peter's Basilica. At the base of the tomb are two crouching lions, one sleeping, the other vigilant - the present piece takes after the latter. The monument was commissioned in 1783 from the leading European sculptor of the age, Antonio Canova, and they remain among the most important pieces of Neoclassical sculpture ever made.

So admired were Canova’s lions that their likeness was used in other funerary sculptures. Canova himself used the idea not only on his design for the Venetian Francesco Pesaro, but also memorably in the great pyramid tomb of Marie Christina of Austria, located in the Augustinerkirche in Vienna, Austria. In England, the great lions in Trafalgar Square designed by Edwin Landseer are the most well-known successors to Canova's papal monument. With the present piece of lapidary art, Zadora joins the ranks of these artists in his rendition of Canova's legendary creation.

The Canadian-born sculptor Baron Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist, and his international clientele includes the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. His pieces, which range from intricate sculptures such as this to innovative bespoke jewelry, are regarded as the most prized decorative artworks in modern time.

8 1/2" high x 16" wide x 7 3/8" deep
Carved Citrine Lion by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 7.38 Inches
Width: 16.0 Inches
Height: 8.5 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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