• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    A SET OF FOUR GILTWOOD FIGURES OF SLAVES

    ITALIAN, PROBABLY VENICE, LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE BASES CIRCA 1950, PROBABLY BY MAISON JANSEN

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR GILTWOOD FIGURES OF SLAVES
    ITALIAN, PROBABLY VENICE, LATE 17TH CENTURY, THE BASES CIRCA 1950, PROBABLY BY MAISON JANSEN
    Each depicted seated on a later monochrome carved wood base, possibly previously the supports for a cabinet
    Two 45½ in. (115.5 cm.) and two 44 in. (111.7 cm.) high, overall (4)


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    These figures are variants of two of Pietro Tacca's moors, situated around the base of the monument to Ferdinando de Medici in the Piazza della Darsena, Livorno. These bronzes, considered to be among Tacca's works, originated from life-casts of galley slaves, taken by Tacca in 1607, and probably originally intended for the equestrian monument to Ferdinando which stands in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence. Pietro Tacca (1577-1640) was one of Giambologna's most gifted pupils and, on his master's death in 1608, succeeded him in the office of court sculptor to the Medici Grand Dukes (K. Watson, Pietro Tacca, Successor to Giovanni Bologna, London, 1983, pp. 206-212; and C. Avery, Giambologna, The Complete Sculpture, Oxford, 1987, p. 229, fig. 263).

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