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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 442

    A PAIR OF VENETIAN BRONZE FIGURES OF PUTTI

    CAST FROM A MODEL BY VALENTINO BESAREL, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF VENETIAN BRONZE FIGURES OF PUTTI
    CAST FROM A MODEL BY VALENTINO BESAREL, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    One boy depicted with one hand to his face and the other behind his back clutching an arrow, the other boy depicted turning round to look at a bird resting on his hip, each on a rocky platform, on a circular spreading base, both inscribed 'BESAREL/VENEZIA (sic)'
    The largest figure: 17. 1/2 in. (44.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Valentino Besarel (1829-1902) was patronised by the Royal Houses of Europe and worked extensively for the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. He was awarded the Grande Médaille d'Or at the Paris 1878 Exposition Universelle, subsequently becoming Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. The churches of Este and Conselve, near Padua have works by him.

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