Lot 6
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Workshop of Girolamo della Robbia (1488-1566), Italian, Florence, 16th century

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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  • Bust of a Classical Hero or Emperor
  • glazed terracotta, on a gilt wood base

  • Workshop of Girolamo della Robbia (1488-1566), Italian, Florence, 16th century
with two old paper labels inscribed: 39 and: 136

Catalogue Note

This fine bust compares with a number of works attributed to Girolamo della Robbia, in particular his Bust of a Man in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (Inv. no. 95.SC.21). The Getty bust is thought to be one of a number of busts of classical heroes or rulers recorded as having been made by Girolamo for the Château d'Assier, in southern France. The present bust and the Getty figure share the same shallow truncation, cut off at the shoulders, whilst the dense, stylised beard compares with that of a bust attributed to Girolamo in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (Inv. Camp. 37). Traces of purple-blue glaze to the proper right shoulder may suggest that the present figure was set against a medallion of that colour, as is believed to have been the case with the Getty bust.

The present lot is offered with a thermoluminescence analysis report from Oxford Authentication Ltd dated 26 January 2012 stating that the sample (No: N112a21) was last fired between 400 and 700 years ago, i.e. between 1312 and 1612 AD.

P. Fogelman, P. Fusco and M. Cambareri, Italian and Spanish Sculpture: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 2002, no. 4, pp. 24-29; J-R Gaborit and M. Bormand, Les Della Robbia: Sculptures en terre cuite émaillée de la Renaissance italienne, exh. cat. Musée national Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice, Musée national Céramique, Sèvres, Paris, 2002, nos. 1, 2, pp. 46-8