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76

PROPERTY OF A LADY

Italian, probably Florence, 15th century
PUTTO WITH A SALAMANDER SEATED ON A TORTOISE
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
76

PROPERTY OF A LADY

Italian, probably Florence, 15th century
PUTTO WITH A SALAMANDER SEATED ON A TORTOISE
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Italian, probably Florence, 15th century
PUTTO WITH A SALAMANDER SEATED ON A TORTOISE

Catalogue Note

This fascinating bronze may originate from the circle of Donatello, with whom several bronze putti engaging with reptiles and surmounting tortoises are associated, including an example formerly with Daniel Katz (Padua, op. cit., cat. no. 1) and another, equally a solid cast, from the Abbott Guggenheim collection (Schwartz, op. cit., cat. no. 1). Note here the similarly hollowed pupils, which may once have been silvered, as in a 15th-century North Italian putto in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (inv. no. M.1-1967). 

RELATED LITERATURE
Donatello e il suo tempo: Il bronzetto a Padova nel Quattrocento e nel Cinquecento, exh. cat. Musei Civici, Padua, 2001, pp. 48-49, no. 1; M. Schwartz (ed.), European Sculpture from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, New York, 2008, pp. 22-23, no. 1

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