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Circle of Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740), Italian, Florence, circa 1695-1700,
EWER WITH A NAIAD AND DOLPHINS
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 293,750 EUR
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Circle of Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740), Italian, Florence, circa 1695-1700,
EWER WITH A NAIAD AND DOLPHINS
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 293,750 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Circle of Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740), Italian, Florence, circa 1695-1700,
EWER WITH A NAIAD AND DOLPHINS
with a label under the base with the arms of Maurice de Wendel and his wife, Andrée des Monstiers-Mérinville, numbered in blue ink: 1096

the handle shaped as a dolphin, the foot with entwined dolphins, a Naiad in the front




terracotta bozzetto; on a wood base
29 x 25 cm ; 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Maurice de Wendel (1879-1961), in his palace 28 avenue de New York, Paris;
thence by family descent to the present owner.

Literature

RELATED LITERATURE
K. Lankheit, Die Modellsammlung der Porzellanmanufaktur Doccia, Munich, 1982, nos 159 to 161;
P. Williamson, European Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, pp. 140-141.

Catalogue Note

The present bozzetto for an ewer, modelled with naiad and dolphins, is similar to works by Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, sculptor to Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici. The overall design and the various motifs used, including the entwined dolphins on the foot, the body embellished with an undulating shell motif and the figure of a naiad on the front are comparable to those on a pair of bronze ewers by Soldani, one with Neptune and the other with Amphitrite, made for Senator Giovanni Battista Scarlatti and  in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. A. 18-1959). A terracotta example is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (inv. no. M.78.27) and another pair in terracotta and of the same models as the V&A sculptures was sold in Paris, Hôtel Drouot, on 16 April 2014. Molds of Soldani's designs were later used by the Doccia factory to produce polychrome porcelain vessels (see examples in the Museo Civico, Turin).

A drawing recently acquired by the Uffizi Galleries, Florence, depicts a Sea Monster comparable to the dolphin forming the handle of the present ewer (fig. 1).

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris