ATTRIBUTED TO ENRICO MERENGO (1638/1639-1723)
ITALIAN, VENETO, CIRCA 1700
white marble, on a veined red marble base with gilt bronze feet
putto: 26 by 32cm., 10¼ by 12⅝in.
base: 6.5 by 38.5cm., 2½ by 15⅛in.
Overall the condition of the marble is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including some darker veins and some dark specks to the putto’s proper right hand, the orb, the putto’s face and his legs. There are some naturally occurring inclusions to the marble, including to the stomach and legs, some of which have been filled. There are a few further inclusions to the back. There are a few minor chips to the toes.
The condition of the marble base is very good, with only a few small chips to the edges and corners. There is minor oxidation to the bronze feet.
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Heinrich Meyring, born in Westphalia, is better known by his Italianised name, Enrico Merengo. He was a pupil of Italo-Flemish sculptor Giusto Le Court (1627-1679), to whom Merengo's works are clearly indebted in both style and composition. Religious sculptures by Merengo's hand mostly survive in Venetian churches.
Sotheby's is grateful to Dr Maichol Clemente for his kind assitance in attributing this lot.