A PAIR OF BRONZE MODELS OF SLAVES
A PAIR OF BRONZE MODELS OF SLAVES

PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY, AFTER PIETRO TACCA (1577-1640)

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A PAIR OF BRONZE MODELS OF SLAVES
PROBABLY 18TH CENTURY, AFTER PIETRO TACCA (1577-1640)
SET ON MODERN WOOD PLINTHS
18¼ IN. (46.5 CM.) AND 18 IN. (46 CM.) HIGH OVERALL (2)

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Lot Essay

THESE FIGURES DERIVE FROM THE SLAVES AT THE FOOT OF THE MONUMENT DEDICATED TO FERDINAND I DE' MEDICI IN THE PIAZZA DELLA DARSENA IN LIVORNO. THESE BRONZES WERE AMONGST THE MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCTIONS OF TACCA FROM MOULDS TAKEN BY HIM IN 1607 FROM REAL-LIFE GALLEY-SLAVES AND WERE PROBABLY ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR THE EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF FERDINAND ON THE PIAZZA SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA IN FLORENCE.

PIETRO TACCA (1577-1640) WAS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED PUPILS OF GIAMBOLOGNA (1529-1608) AND UPON THE DEATH OF HIS MASTER, SUCCEEDED HIM AS THE SCULPTOR AT THE COURT OF THE MEDICI GRAND DUKES.

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