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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A REARING CENTAUR

    CIRCLE OF FRANCESCO BERTOS (1678-1741), FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE FIGURE OF A REARING CENTAUR
    CIRCLE OF FRANCESCO BERTOS (1678-1741), FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    On an integrally cast plinth; dark brown patina with reddish brown high points; on a later square green porphyry base; repairs
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high; 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high, overall


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    Although Francesco Bertos was best known for his complex multi-figure groups in marble and bronze, he was also known to have produced a number of spontaneously modelled small-scale bronzes that Avery refers to as bozzetto-like miniatures (Avery, op. cit., p. 241, no. 155). The general form of the composition offered here and the physiognomy of the centaur relates closest to another model of a rearing centaur in a private collection, Milan, illustrated by Avery (ibid.), while the roughly modelled face is also comparable to that of Fame Writing History and to the allegorical figure in the group of Hylonome Supporting an Allegory of Chastity (the former with the Tomasso Brothers, Leeds, the latter's location unknown (Avery, op. cit., pls. 60 and 68 respectively).

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    C. Avery, Bertos - The Triumph of Motion, Turin, 2008.