Since Planiscig’s identification in 1935 of the signature O.SEVERI.RA on a bronze of a sea-monster with the sculptor Severo da Ravenna, a coherent corpus of bronze statuettes has been attributed to this contemporary of Andrea Riccio. Fifty years later a bronze of a kneeling satyr with the initials SE was convincingly identified as a second autograph model by Severo (Christie’s, 8 July 1981, lot 341). The present kneeling satyr compares closely with the initialled example, especially in the treatment of the teeth and tongue. The long central fringe of hair is, however, distinctly different.
The globe oil lamp is an unusual accoutrement for the kneeling Satyr model which normally holds a candle nozzle or shell. The globe on the present bronze seems to be based on one held by the Atlas in the Frick Collection, New York which appears to be the finest of several known versions, including those held by another Atlas figure formerly in the Adolph von Beckerath collection and on a variant kneeling Satyr, illustrated Country Life, 6th April 1961, p.753. It is likely, however, that the globe on the present Satyr is a later addition, because it is pinned rather than screwed onto the right hand.
The Frick Collection, vol.3, pp.106-111; Avery and Radcliffe (1983), pp.111-115; Van Binnebeke (1994), no.5, pp.52-3; Krahn (2003), no.15, pp.72-75
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