Lot 59
  • 59

Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) Italian, Venice, first half 18th century

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Vessel with Four Putti, Supported on Three Dragons' Heads
  • bronze
  • Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) Italian, Venice, first half 18th century


Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 28 October 1967, lot 32, property of an American Educational Institution;
Christian Humann;
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 21-22 May 1982, lot 240;
with Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York;
Eric Stiebel (1911-2000) and Irene Stiebel, New York;
by descent to Gerald Stiebel, New York;
private collection, London, by 2005;
Bonham's, London, 15 April 2008, lot 8


J.D. Draper, "The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Addenda to the Catalogue. Sculpture", Metropolitan Museum Journal, 21, 1986, pp. 164-165, note 3;
C. Avery, Bertos, The Triumph of Motion, Turin, 2008, no. 186, figs. 186-186.i, pp. 256-257, pl. no. 16

Catalogue Note

According to Avery, this charming vessel is typical of Bertos' production, comparing it to a sweetmeat dish in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Avery, op. cit., pp. 256-257). It appears to represent a putto as Fame, flanked by three further putti, one of whom holds a serpent, symbolising eternity. The receptacle to the rear may have held pepper, whilst a spoon could have been suspended from Fame's trumpet.