• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 238

    A SPANISH PATINATED TERRACOTTA ORIENTALIST GROUP OF A YOUTH AND LION

    BY VENANCIO VALLMITJANA Y BARBANY, BARCELONA, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SPANISH PATINATED TERRACOTTA ORIENTALIST GROUP OF A YOUTH AND LION
    BY VENANCIO VALLMITJANA Y BARBANY, BARCELONA, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The base signed 'V. Vallmitjana', on a wooden stand
    The group: 32 in. (81 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide
    The stand: 33¾ in. (86 cm.) high


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    Venancio Vallmitjana (1826-1919) worked in Barcelona where he was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, from 1833 a professor at the College of Arts and Crafts and by 1856 head of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts. In 1890 he won first prize at the National Exhibition in Madrid. Initially making small clay figures and religious ornamentation he was later responsible for much of Barcelona's monumental public sculpture including pieces for the University of Barcelona, the Bank of Barcelona and statuary for the Ciutadella Park waterfall built for the 1888 Universal Exhibition.

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