• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 761

    A BRONZE GROUP OF HERCULES AND THE ERYMANTHIAN BOAR

    AFTER GIAMBOLOGNA, ITALIAN, 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE GROUP OF HERCULES AND THE ERYMANTHIAN BOAR
    AFTER GIAMBOLOGNA, ITALIAN, 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY
    Hercules depicted striding with the boar over his proper left shoulder; on a later rectangular siena marble plinth; with a mottled greenish black patina; very minor casting flaws; repairs to the base
    17 3/8 in. (44 cm.) high; 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) overall


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    The present bronze is cast after Giambologna's original model which was conceived as part of a series of silver statuettes of the Labours in the 1580s and in the Tribuna of the Uffizi. It appears that the closest version to the present bronze is the similarly sized one in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples, that was in the Farnese Collection from at least 1731 when it was documented as having been inherited by Charles III Bourbon from Antonio Farnese. Interestingly, Radcliffe noted in his catalogue entry for that bronze (loc. cit.) that it was unlike the autograph version of this model now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, in that it lacked the fillet to the hair, was not of a typical Borgo Pinti or Susini workshop cast and that it sported a dark greenish patina - features that are also common to the present bronze.

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    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    Edinburgh, London and Vienna, Royal Scottish Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, Giambologna 1529-1698 Sculptor to the Medici, 19 Aug. - 10 Sept. 1978, 5 Oct. - 16 Nov. 1978 and 2 Dec. 1978 - 28 Jan. 1979, C. Avery and A. Radcliffe eds., pp. 125-6, no. 78.