A BRONZE MODEL OF A PANTHER
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A BRONZE MODEL OF A PANTHER

AFTER A MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO WILLEM VAN TETRODE, PROBABLY CAST BY GIOVANNI ZOFFOLI (1745-1805), LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE MODEL OF A PANTHER
AFTER A MODEL ATTRIBUTED TO WILLEM VAN TETRODE, PROBABLY CAST BY GIOVANNI ZOFFOLI (1745-1805), LATE 18TH CENTURY
On an integral rectangular bronze plinth and a later panelled wood base; dark brown patina with warm medium brown high points; the tail possibly replaced; minor losses to base
7¾ in (19.8 cm.) high; 11 in. (28 cm.) high, overall
Provenance
Dr. F. Mannheimer, Amsterdam.
W. H. Newall Collection, London; sold Christie's London, 27 June 1922, lot 60, to F. Seligmann.
Sold by Seligmann to Richard Weininger in Geneva, 1926.
Weininger Collection, Berlin and London, until at least April 1942, when it is included in a list of items which were being inspected by 'an Art Connoisseur' for potential purchase.
A. C. J. Wall, Esq., of Wilton Park, Bicester, and thence by descent to the present owner.
Literature
L. Planiscig, Piccoli Bronzi Italiani del Rinascimento, Milan, 1930, pl. LXXXVII, fig. 146.
W. Bode, The Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, ed. and rev. by J. Draper, New York, 1980, p. 109, pl. CCXLVIII.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
J. G. Mann, Wallace Collection Catalogues - Sculpture, London, 1931, p. 30, S71, pl. 29.
F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique - The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven and London, 1981, p. 342.
London, Daniel Katz Ltd., Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 11 Jun. - 19 Jul. 2002, p. 329, no. 115.
Amsterdam and New York, Rijksmuseum and the Frick Collection, Willem van Tetrode (c. 1525-1580) Guglielmo Fiammingo scultore, 7 Mar. - 7 Sep. 2003, pp. 34, 38, 126, fig. 40.
Exhibited
Royal Academy Winter Exhibition, 1904.
Wakefield, City Art Gallery and Museum, by 1942.

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The model of this striding panther has been tentatively attributed to the Netherlandish mannerist sculptor Willem Danielsz van Tetrode (d. 1580), and when the present example was sold at Christie's in 1922 it was catalogued as 16th century. However, it is known that the bronze founder Giovanni Zoffoli - who specialised in producing small scale bronzes for people on the Grand Tour - also produced this model. In the list of items available for sale produced by Zoffoli in the mid 1790s there is included 'Notomia di Tigre' (Haskell and Penny, op. cit., p. 42). The casting of the present lot suggests that it probably did originate in Zoffoli's foundry.
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