BERTEL THORVALDSEN (1770-1844)
ITALIAN, ROME, CIRCA 1830
BUST OF CUPID (AMORINO)
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions, notably beside the proper right eye, just above the truncation at the centre, and at the top of the socle. There are a few minor chips and abrasions to the edge of the truncation. There are minor dark marks to the lock of hair at the top. There are some minor abrasions to socle.
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Private Collection, France
This beautifully carved marble is a bust version of Thorvaldsen's Cupid with his Bow or Amorino, of which a full figure version from the Shaw Stewart collection was sold at Sotheby's New York on 31 January 2019, lot 273. Thorvaldsen executed the plaster and prime version of the model in 1819 (both of which are in the Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, inv. nos. A36 and A819). As with most, if not all, of Thorvaldsen's marbles executed after 1820, the present bust would have been carved by skilled assistants in the studio under the master's supervision. Another bust version, but with shoulders, is illustrated in Künstlerleben in Rom - Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844) (op. cit., pp. 628-629, no. 7.1).
Künstlerleben in Rom - Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844), exh. cat., Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, and Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, 1992, pp. 628-629, no. 7.1; S. Grandesso, Bertel Thorvaldsen, 1770-1844, Milan, 2015, p. 278, no. 243