Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode
Neoptolemus and Astyanax
400,000 - 600,000 GBP
Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode (circa 1525-1580)
Italian, Rome, mid-16th century
Neoptolemus and Astyanax
bronze, on a wood base
bronze: 44.5cm., 17½in.
base: 14.5cm., 5¾in.
The bronze overall is in very good condition with various original casting flaws, consistent with 16th century lost wax casts, and much original patina remaining. The casting flaws include the corner of the integral base to the right of Neoptolemus' right foot. There is a circular hole on the left front side of the bronze base and a corresponding one to the right of the left foot. There are minor casting flaws on both his legs. Astyananx has a missing third and little finger on his right hand and a missing third finger on his right hand. There is an old repair to the casting flaw on his left leg. There is an original casting fracture on his right bicep which has an original fill in a paler metal. Two similar metal repairs are on Neoptolemus' back. There is an original cast repair on the latter's right shoulder, elbow and wrist. The blade of his sword in missing from his right hand and his right index finger is missing, as is the tip of his left index finger. There is a very small casting hole in Neoptolemus' laurel crown. There is wear to the patina consistent with age, notably on Neoptolemus' right leg. The patina on his body, arms and face is an attractive, mottled golden-yellow-brown colour with remains of a black-brown coating, and with a vibrant transparent lacquer that gives a reflective quality which enlivens the surface. The later wooden base has minor dents. Otherwise the bronze is in very good condition.
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