Overall the condition is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few very small lacunae, including one to the proper right hip. There is also a possible casting flaw resulting in a lacuna to the upper part of the terrasse. There appear to be remnants of whitish polish in the crevices. A few minor spots of greening, notably to the base beside the proper left foot. A few minor nicks and scratches. There is a hole to the underside which would have facilitated mounting.
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Christie's, London, 8 December 2015, lot 5
Stylistically this enchanting Cupid is characteristic of the rather naive bronze fountain statuettes that were made in 16th-century southern Germany, primarily in Nuremberg and Augsburg. With its heavy engraving of facial features, stylised anatomy, and the addition of a necklace, the putto compares particularly well with a fountain figure of Venus in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 1982.60.120.