AFTER NICOLÒ ROCCATAGLIATA (CIRCA 1560-1629)
ITALIAN, VENICE, 17TH CENTURY
PAIR OF MUSIC-MAKING PUTTI
bronze, on mottled red marble socles
bronzes: 27cm., 10⅝in. each
40cm., 15¾in. overall
Overall the condition of the bronzes is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few casting fissures and lacunae, in particular to the flute-playing putto's proper left leg, abdomen, collarbone, proper right buttock and back, and to the inside of the other putto's legs. There are further casting flaws, in particular around the putti's ankles and feet. There are some nicks and scratches to the surface throughout.
There are some chips and abrasions to the edges of the marble socles. There is veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including a larger vein to one of the bases which has been partially filled. There is further fill to some of the larger chips on both bases.
"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.
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Probably Dorotheum Vienna, 21-23 October 1937, lot 452;
with Reinhold Hofstätter, Vienna
M. Leithe-Jasper, Renaissance Master Bronzes from the Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Vienna, 1986, pp. 185-187, nos. 47 and 48