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A BRONZE BUST OF A MAN IN ARMOUR
A BRONZE BUST OF A MAN IN ARMOUR

NORTH ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE BUST OF A MAN IN ARMOUR
NORTH ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
On a circular marble socle, the underside of the socle with an old ink inscription 'Brouge italien/... siecle/ veute Chauet/... 1883'
5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high, the bust; 8 in. (20.5 cm.) high, overall
Literature
New York, Salander O'Reilly Galleries, Giambologna: An Exhibition of Sculpture by the Master and His Followers from The Collection of Michael Hall, Esq., 6 March - 4 April 1998, C. Avery ed., pp. 158-9, no. 57 (as Hubert Gerhard).
M. Schwartz, ed., European Sculpture from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, New York, 2008, pp. 64-65, no. 26.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
L. Planiscig, Venezianische Bildhauer der Renaissance, Vienna, 1921, pp. 570-571, figs, 627 and 629.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renasissance Sculpture - A Catalogue of the Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Oxford, 2014, p. 258, fig. 121.

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Lot Essay

Examples of this bronze bust have been variously attributed to Hubert Gerhard, Ferdinando Tacca and more generically to the north Italian school of the mid-16th century (see New York, Schwartz and Warren, locs. cit., respectively). Close comparisons may also be made to signed works by the Venetian artist Tiziano Aspetti, whose signed bronze of St Anthony in the Santo, Padua, has similar facial features. The soldier to the left of Aspetti's bronze relief of the Martyrdom of St Daniel also displays the same facial type, curling hair and breastplate centred by a grotesque mask seen on the bust offered here (for both works see Planiscig, loc. cit.)

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