ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY
bronze, on a black marble base with gilt metal and gilt plaster mounts
bronze: 25cm., 9⅞in.
base: 11cm., 4⅜in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some light staining to the surface in areas, probably from moisture, including to the abdomen and the back. There is wear to the lacquer, including some dark spotting, particularly at the back, and minor rubbing at the high points. There is dust and some dryness in the crevices. The end of the figure's drapery is inserted into a cavity in the base.
The base is in good condition with several chips to the edges of the marble and the plaster decoration.
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Further casts of this model are housed in Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. A.101-1956) and in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Penny, op. cit., no. 331), there paired with a male figure. A version in a private collection has been published with an attribution to Francesco Fanelli (Van Beneden, op. cit.).
N. Penny, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 1540 to the Present Day, vol. II, French and Other European Sculpture, Oxford, 1992, pp. 103-104; B. van Beneden and N. de Poorter (eds.), Royalist Refugees: William and Margaret Cavendish in the Rubens House 1648-1660, exh. cat. Rubenshuis, Antwerp, 2006, pp. 200-201, no. 60