75
75
Italian, Probably Florence, 17th century
after the model by Tiziano Aspetti (1559-1606)
A BRONZE DOOR KNOCKER OF THE VENUS MARINA WITH TWO CUPIDS ON DOLPHINS
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
75
Italian, Probably Florence, 17th century
after the model by Tiziano Aspetti (1559-1606)
A BRONZE DOOR KNOCKER OF THE VENUS MARINA WITH TWO CUPIDS ON DOLPHINS
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Italian, Probably Florence, 17th century
after the model by Tiziano Aspetti (1559-1606)
A BRONZE DOOR KNOCKER OF THE VENUS MARINA WITH TWO CUPIDS ON DOLPHINS
Venus standing nude in a seashell supported by two dolphins whose tails intertwine behind her head and with two putti seated on their backs one reaching out to Venus
32cm., 12½in.
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Provenance

purchased from Jan Roelofs Antiquairs, Florence Fair, Palazzo Strozzi, 1981

Catalogue Note

A number of other casts of this door knocker of Venus are known to exist. The cast in Palazzo Venezia, Rome, was removed from the door of Palazzo Tacco in Capodistria (now Koper, Croatia) and was recently exhibited in Trieste (2005). The version in Berlin illustrated by Bode was destroyed in 1945.  Others are in the collection of Charles van der Heyden, Rotterdam and the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada. The latter was considered by Corey-Keeble to be un-Venetian in facture and possibly Florentine.  Its similarity in finish to the present bronze suggests they may have been produced in the same workshop. Bode described the model as in the style of Alessandro Vittoria but it is now generally attributed to Aspetti.

RELATED LITERATURE
Planiscig, p.582, fig.646; Bode & Draper, pp.60, 103, pl.CLXXVII; Histria, pp.150-153, no.12; Corey-Keeble, pp.164-65, no.77

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