• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 811

    A BRONZE CARYATID FIGURE OF A BEARDED MAN, POSSIBLY EMBLEMATIC OF WINTER

    CIRCLE OF DANESE CATANEO (1509-1572), CIRCA 1550-1570

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    A BRONZE CARYATID FIGURE OF A BEARDED MAN, POSSIBLY EMBLEMATIC OF WINTER
    CIRCLE OF DANESE CATANEO (1509-1572), CIRCA 1550-1570
    Depicted semi-draped and with his head tilted to dexter; on a tapering rectangular column and spreading foot; blackish brown patina; the reverse open and with two paper labels inscribed '956' and '141'
    21½ in. (54.6 cm.) high


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    This extremely expressive bronze caryatid would originally have been one of a pair, or set of four, and adorned the front of an architectural ensemble. In form, function and size, it is closely comparable to a pair of bronze caryatids attributed to Agostino Zoppo in Klosterneuburg and dated to circa 1555 (discussed in Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, La Bellissima Maniera - Alessandro Vittoria e la scultura veneta del Cinquecento, 25 June - 26 September 1999, no. 17). However it is to the work of Zoppo's contemporary, Danese Cataneo, that the present bronze is stylistically most comparable. Among a number of works which one might cite, a bronze relief by Cataneo on the monument to Leonardo Loredan (SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice) includes a seated nude rivergod figure which has a similarly rendered torso and the same distinctively modelled hair and beard, with their strongly defined and luxuriant curls.

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    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOTS 805 - 811)