RELATED LITERATURE J. Montagu, "The Master of the Bull Hunt: An Enigma", in Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes in and around the Peter Marino Collection, London, 2013, pp. 97-113, figs. 76 et 78.
The Master of the Bull Hunt was a Neapolitan sculptor active in the circle of Lorenzo Vaccaro (1655-1706). The movement of the Roman soldier aiming at Saint Paul is comparable to the figure of Saint George in the Museo Riminaldi, Ferrara, and the figure of the falling Saint Paul to the one of a Defeated Moor sold at Sotheby's on 2 April 1985, lot 144 (see J. Montagu, op. cit., p. 100-103 and 111).
In overall fairly good condition with surface dirt, notably in the crevices, and wear to the patina consistent with age and handling. Heavy cast with a few casting flaws visible in some places. The Roman soldier is attached to his horse with two corroded iron screws. St Paul is attached to his horse by one corroded iron screw. There is a small hole to St Paul's horse proper left rear thigh (possibly where a missing sword was attached). There is a break visble to the Roman soldier's horse's proper right hind leg just below the shank.The Roman soldier's rough iron spear is corroded. The wooden base has a few large losses to the black paint and there is some surface dirt, notably in the crevices. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."