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A BRONZE MODEL OF A LOWING BULL

FLEMISH, LATE 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY

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