• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 850

    A BRONZE MODEL OF A LOWING BULL

    FLEMISH, LATE 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A BRONZE MODEL OF A LOWING BULL
    FLEMISH, LATE 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY
    Depicted standing; on a later rectangular velvet-covered base; medium greenish brown patina
    11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) high; 16 in. (40.6 cm.) overall


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    Among several casts that are known of this composition, the best known is the example in the Bayerisches National Museum (for a discussion of the latter bronze and a list of the other examples see Berlin, loc. cit.). Although differences of opinion concerning the artistic origins of the model have existed - including an attempted attribution to Willem Danielsz van Tetrode (d.1580) - it is generally thought to be an invention of the first half of the 17th century. The finely finished details of the present cast suggest a slightly later dating - to the late 17th or even 18th century - thereby attesting to the popularity of the model.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    Berlin, Skulptursammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Von allen Seiten schön, 31 Oct. 1995 - 28 Jan. 1996, V. Krahn ed., no. 197.