With Galerie Sisman, Paris, 2013; private collection, Germany
This enigmatic model has traditionally been given a Florentine origin and exists in several versions, including two in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig, and a particularly fine cast, with inlaid silver eyes and lips, in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The present bronze appears to be the only known cast with gilding.
RELATED LITERATURE U. Berger and V. Krahn, Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock, cat. Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweig, 1994, pp. 74-75, nos. 37 and 38
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Two fingers of the proper right hand are lost. The top of the head is flattened, probably because the figure acted as a support. There is some rubbing to the gilding, in particular at the high points and the legs. There are a few minor nicks. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."