The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Comment on 25.2.1804

A piastre was roughly the equivalent of a scudo, see the related article about the Monetray Units of the time. The quoted price of 30-40 piastres falls short of what Thorvaldsen usually charged for a bust, see e.g. Ropp’s Commisson, where similar copies of antique busts cost 40-60 scudi.
In his letter of 17.1.1804, Abildgaard had in fact asked Thorvaldsen to quote the price without including his profit.

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