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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    A BRONZE INKWELL IN THE FORM OF ATLAS SUPPORTING THE GLOBE OF HEAVEN

    WORKSHOP OF SEVERO DA RAVENNA, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE INKWELL IN THE FORM OF ATLAS SUPPORTING THE GLOBE OF HEAVEN
    WORKSHOP OF SEVERO DA RAVENNA, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
    Atlas depicted crouching on his right knee, supporting himself with his left hand, and supporting the globe on his right shoulder; reddish brown patina with coppery high points; the lid of the globe lacking; minor losses
    5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) high


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    The bronze figure of Atlas offered here derives from the same model used to cast the figure of Atlas Supporting the Globe of Heaven in the Frick Collection, New York (see http://collections.frick.org/Obj334$3112). Almost certainly cast within the workshop of the Paduan master Severo da Ravenna sometime in the first half of the 16th century, the bronze offered here would have functioned as in oil lamp and, as with the Frick example, may also have had an inkwell attached to the base.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN