Tomasso Brothers reunite Wilton House busts at TEFAF Maastricht

Posted: 2016-03-14 10:09:45 - Last updated: 2016-03-14 10:10:42

BADA members Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, leading international dealers in the field of important European sculpture, have brought a very special collection to the TEFAF Maastricht Fair which is open now and runs until March 20.

Among the many exceptional pieces on exhibit are a pair of polychrome marble portrait busts depicting Cicero, civic hero of the Roman Republic, and Horace, the famed poet.

Extensive research by Tomasso Brothers Fine Art has uncovered the illustrious provenance of the two busts which were carved in the same seventeenth century Rome workshop. Originally part of the Valetta collection in Naples, they were acquired by Thomas Herbert, Eighth Earl of Pembroke around 1721 for his family’s residence, Wilton House, near Salisbury.

For more than two centuries the busts were displayed at the heart of the Wilton House collection, flanking the main chimneypiece of the Great ‘Double Cube’ Room, designed by Inigo Jones.

Recently reunited by Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, it took months of study to identify the provenance of the two busts as Director Dino Tomasso explained, “Our research has taken us across Britain, from the Pembroke archives in Wiltshire, to the British Library, and on to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

“We have uncovered eighteenth century manuscripts, printed catalogues and early guidebooks to the Wilton House Collection that detail in remarkable depth the journey of these illustrious busts from Naples to Wiltshire in the first quarter of the eighteenth century.”

Fellow Director Raffaello Tomasso, added: “It has been an exciting discovery to unearth the provenance of these two important works from Thomas Herbert’s famous collection, and our privilege to reunite them at TEFAF.”

Cicero and Horace can be viewed at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art on Stand 166 at TEFAF Maastricht, March 11-20

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