Bronzes from the Robert Mayer Collection, Vienna
ITALIAN, PADUA, CIRCA 1500
bronze, on a black marble base
bronze: 8.5 by 16cm., 3⅜ by 6¼in.
base: 2 by 14cm., ¾ by 5½in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The proper left hind foot has become detached from the bronze but remains affixed to the base. This causes the bronze to slide on the base. The tail is lost; there is some evidence of soldering at the stump. There is minor rubbing to the lacquer patina at the high points. There are several minor nicks. There is a circular cavity to the belly, probably to facilitate extraction of the core after casting.
There is wear to the base, including small chips, areas of fill and some residues.
"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."
Robert Rudolf Theodor Mayer (1874-1974), Vienna;
thence by descent to the present owner
L. Planiscig, Andrea Riccio, Vienna, 1927, p. 302, fig. 346
The present bronze was published by Planiscig (op. cit.) as a work by Andrea Riccio. Another cast of this rare model was formerly in the Staatliche Museen, Berlin.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Dokumentation der Verluste, Skulpturensammlung, Band VII, Berlin, 2006, p. 169, no. M 87