ATTRIBUTED TO EUGENIO AVOLIO (CIRCA 1876-1929)
ITALIAN, NAPLES, LATE 19TH CENTURY/ EARLY 20TH CENTURY
bronze, on an ebonised wood base
bronze: 36.3cm., 14⅛in.
base: 17.5cm., 6⅞in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is good with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some wear to the patina in areas, in particular to the proper right knee. There are a few areas of scratches including to the proper left hip and the back on the proper right side. There are a few dirt marks and there is some dark residue to the proper left bicep. The trident is carved separately and is oxidised and slightly warped. It has been reattached in the middle.
The wood base is in good condition overall, with general wear. There are a few chips and small losses to the edges and corners, in particular to the edge on the left side of the base. There is minor stable splitting to the wood in particular to the top of the base.
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Private collection, Europe
This dynamic bronze Neptune appears to be ultimately inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's famous Neptune and Triton group executed in 1622-1623 for the gardens of the Villa Montalto in Rome and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (inv. no. A.18:1-1950). The present bronze shows some similarities works by the mysterious Ciechanowiecki Master. Compare with the bronze Hercules in the Victoria and Albert Museum which is attributed to him (inv. no. A.93-1956).