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After a model by Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) | Italian, Rome, 17th century | The Baptism of Christ

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150,000

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After a model by Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) | Italian, Rome, 17th century | The Baptism of Christ

After a model by Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654) | Italian, Rome, 17th century | The Baptism of Christ

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection

After a model by Alessandro Algardi (1598–1654)

Italian, Rome, 17th century

The Baptism of Christ


bronze

inscribed: C and: D (or A) respectively to the undersides of the two sections

43.5 by 45cm., 17 1/8 by 17¾in.

Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The sculpture is composed in two sections, held in place by two interior struts under the base of Christ. There appears to have been a knock to the front edge of the Baptist side and the joint is uneven, and there is a small fissure in the base on the Baptist side. The two sections detach. The sculpture was cast in further sections, and there are several slightly visible original joints, including at the Baptist's proper right arm and at the putto's proper left arm. There is minor wear to the patina at some of the high points and some greening in the crevices. There are a few original casting plugs and pins, including at Christ's back and his proper right foot. There are some very small lacunae in some of the crevices. There are several small mount holes around the lower edges of the sculpture, probably for a base.


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Stefan von Auspitz (1869-1945), Vienna;
Daniël George van Beuningen (1877-1955), Rotterdam, acquired circa 1931;
thence by descent, private collection, the Netherlands
L. Ozzòla, 'Il Battesimo di Cristo di Melchiorre Cafà a Malta', in Dedalo, vol. VII, 1926/1927, p. 135;
R. Wittkower, 'Eine Bronzegruppe des Melchiore Cafà', in Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst, vol. LXII, 1928/1929, p. 231;
D. G. van Beuningen and D. Hannema, Catalogue of the D.G. van Beuningen Collection, Rotterdam, 1949, no. 180, fig. 248; 
Meesters van het Bronz der Italiaanse Renaissance, exh. cat. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1961, no. 186;
H. R. Weihrauch, Europäische Bronzestatuetten 15.-18. Jahrhundert, Braunschweig, 1967, p. 248;
J. Montagu, '"Le Baptême du Christ" d'Alessandro Algardi', in Revue de l'art, vol. XV, 1972, p. 75, n. 6;
J. Montagu, Alessandro Algardi, New Haven and London, 1985, vol. II, p. 314, no. 8.C.15
Meesters van het Bronz der Italiaanse Renaissance, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1961-1962, no. 186