Antique grand tour bronze of narcissus, after the antique. good colour original patination with some green and brown. set upon a black marble base, square at the bottom rising to a cylinder with mouldings. italy circa 1860.
8.25 inches high by 2.5 inches square at the base ( 20.625 cms by 6.25 cms).
the original of the narcissus was discovered in 1862 in a nondescript house in pompeii, being the last antique statue found in italy to enjoy considerable fame. in a book sponsored by chiurazzi & fils, the secretary of the naples museum, luigi conforti, described the figure as the most beautiful bronze ever to have been discovered at pompeii.