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Italian, 17th/ 18th century

Virgin and Child

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Italian, 17th/ 18th century

Italian, 17th/ 18th century

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,780

GBP

Italian, 17th/ 18th century

Virgin and Child


gilt bronze

31 cm., 12¼ in.

The bronze is in overall good condition with minor surface dirt and wear consistent with age. There is some tarnishing to the gilding, notably in the crevices and at the back. There is an apparently original lacuna to the top of the base beside the Virgin's proper right foot. A few minor nicks and scratches.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The present model is known from a number of casts, which have been variously described and attributed. An example without the base, which was formerly in a Belgian collection, was published by the London dealership David Peel & Co in 1971 as 'circle of Sansovino', while a silver version in the Collegio Alberoni, Piacenza, mounted on an identical base as that of the present lot, has been given to a Roman goldsmith working in the orbit of Michelangelo (Arisi, op. cit.). Another gilt bronze version, and separately its base, were sold at Sotheby's London, 9 July 1987, as lots 73 and 105 with a description as Venetian, circa 1600. On stylistic grounds, an origin of the model in 17th-century Rome is plausible. It is possible, however, that the present cast is of a later date.


RELATED LITERATURE

From Riccio to Gibson: An Exhibition of European Works of Art, cat. David Peel & Co., London, 1971, no. 9; F. Arisi and L. Mezzadri, Are e storia nel Collegio Alberoni di Piacenza, Piacenza, 1990, cat. no. 241, figs. 341-342