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A BRONZE GROUP OF A SATYR RIDING A GOAT
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A BRONZE GROUP OF A SATYR RIDING A GOAT

NORTH ITALIAN, PROBABLY PADUAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE GROUP OF A SATYR RIDING A GOAT
NORTH ITALIAN, PROBABLY PADUAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
Dark brown patina with warm chocolate brown high points; on a later rectangular marble plinth
6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long
Provenance
A. C. J. Wall, Esq., of Wilton Park, Bicester, and thence by descent to the present owner.
Literature
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
W. Bode, The Italian Bronze Statuettes of the Renaissance, ed. and rev. by J. Draper, New York, 1980, p. 92, pl. XXXVIII.
Frankfurt, Liebieghaus Museum alter Plastik, Natur und Antike in der Renaissance, 5 Dec. 1985 - 2 Mar. 1986, pp. 478-482, nos. 182-183, 185-187.

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Lot Essay

This bronze group of a satyr riding a goat is based on antique prototypes (an example of which was included in Montfaucon's l'Antiquité expliquée of 1719, illustrated in Frankfurt, op. cit., p. 480, fig. 213) and plays on the theme of arcadian abandon. It was a motif that was taken up again by bronze founders of the renaissance; variant examples exist in a number of collections including the Bode Museum in Berlin (ibid., no. 187).

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