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Francesco Bertos (1678-1741),
Italian, Venice, first half 18th century
SUMMER AND AUTUMN
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 87,650 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
88
Francesco Bertos (1678-1741),
Italian, Venice, first half 18th century
SUMMER AND AUTUMN
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 87,650 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Francesco Bertos (1678-1741),
Italian, Venice, first half 18th century
SUMMER AND AUTUMN
bronze, on a white marble base
34.5cm., 13 5/8 in. and 39cm., 15¼in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 23 January 2003, lot 194;
Trinity Fine Art, London, 2003

Exhibited

XXIII Biennale Mostra Mercato Internazionale del Antiquariato, Palazzo Corsini, Florence, 2003

Literature

C. Avery, The triumph of motion. Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) and the art of sculpture. Catalogue raisonné, Turin, 2008, pp. 194-96, nos. 73-74 

Catalogue Note

There are only six pairs of single figure bronzes documented in the Bertos Catalogue raisonné by Charles Avery. Each pair has matching bases and it seems that they were made as one to one protagonists, rather than as part of larger groups.  Francesco Bertos is renowned for his complex and innovative iconography so it is not surprising that he should dispense with the convention of always producing four personifications of the seasons as sets and it is characteristic of the eccentric Venetian sculptor that he would give his figures alternative meanings.  In the case of the present pair they have also been described as Bacchus and Ceres.  This pair has a particularly fine rich brown patina and delicate chasing.  The elegant lines of the billowing drapery of Summer and the grape-laden vine of Autumn epitomise Bertos's unique style.

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