ATTRIBUTED TO FRANCESCO FANELLI (1577- AFTER 1641), ANGLO-ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY | INFANT HERCULES STRANGLING TWO SERPENTS
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO FRANCESCO FANELLI (1577- AFTER 1641)
ANGLO-ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY
INFANT HERCULES STRANGLING TWO SERPENTS
bronze, on an ebonised wood base
bronze: 21.5cm., 8½in
base: 8cm., 3⅛in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor stable hairline casting fissures, including at the proper right side of the head. A few small original lacunae. There is a dark lacquer to the bronze, which has partially flaked in most areas. There is particular dust in the crevices.
The modern wood base is in very good condition with minor general wear.
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The present model is known in a number of different casts of varying quality and detail, including examples in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. It is now firmly attributed to Francesco Fanelli, based in part on its close similarity to one of the fountain designs (illustrated by Avery, op. cit.) that is included in Fanelli's book of engravings, the Varie Architecture. The present cast is very close to that in the Ashmolean Museum, while the version in Rotterdam and one sold in these rooms on 6 July 2007 (lot 104) represent a slight variant of the model, with a more prominent inclination of the head.
E. van Binnebeke, Bronze sculpture. Sculpture 1500-1800 in the collection of the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 1994, pp. 132-33, no. 38; V. Avery and J. Dillon, Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2002, pp. 168-171, no. 23