ATTRIBUTED TO GIUSEPPE SANMARTINO (1720–1793)
SOUTHERN ITALIAN, NAPLES, 18TH CENTURY
PUTTO WITH A GOAT
marble, on a white marble base with veined green marble inlay
group: 46 by 41 cm., 18⅛ in. by 16⅛ in.
base: 16 cm, 6¼ in.
There are restored breaks to the marble, including to the goat's proper right hind leg at the top, the goat's proper left hind leg in two places, the goat's proper right front leg in two places, the goat's proper left front leg at the knee joint, the goat’s proper left ear and proper left horn, and to underneath the goat's chest where it meets the putto’s proper right leg. The same putto’s proper right arm has been restored in two places, and there are losses to two of the fingers on his proper right hand: the little finger, index finger and thumb have been reattached. There is a further restored break to the standing putto’s proper right leg. There are some minor losses to the same putto’s toes on the proper left foot. There are a few further small chips and abrasions to both putti’s hair. There is some veining to the marble, consistent with the material. Otherwise the condition is stable, with dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age.
The condition of the marble base is good, with some minor chips and abrasions to the edges and corners. There is a small reattachment to the back of the base at the top edge. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions to the base, in particular at the front.
"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."
Similar groups of putti with inlaid bases have traditionally been associated with Giuseppe Sanmartino. Compare other allegorical groups sold at Christie's London, 10 December 1996, lot 73 and another sold at Sotheby's London, 13 December 1991, lot 254. See also Sanmartino's putti with the Instruments of the Passion in the Certosa di San Martino in Naples, published by Fittipaldi.
T. Fittipaldi, Scultura Napoletana del Settecento, Naples, 1980, fig. 374