Marble Statue Of Demeter From the estate of William Moennig from Philadelphia. Well executed and almost identical to the one in the Penn Museum
Age unknown possibly a Roman copy of the Greek original alternatively a later copy – more research required.
William Moennig collected antiquities as well as being a world authority on early musical instruments. Could this statue have been acquired this statue from the Randolph-Hearst collection which was partially broken up in the late 1940's and early 1950's with many pieces of ancient Greek and Roman art being donated to the LACMA (Museum in Philadelphia)? Many of the statues donated by Randolph-Hearst to the LACMA were excavated in Italy between 1760 and 1800 and were repaired at a later date with faces/arms etc. re-carved at that time to make the statues more aesthetically appealing. The head on this statue is no smaller in proportion to those of the LACMA statue and the one in the Vatican collection.
William Moennig's widow Mary Zahn-Moennig has confirmed the aforementioned provenance.
Height: 42.50 inches
Stock No.: 1563