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A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF RIVER GODS
AFTER GIAMBOLOGNA (1529-1608), FRENCH, 19TH CENTURY
Each depicted seated on a rockwork base, holding a water jug issuing water; each on a rectangular moulded faux porphyry base; traces of a blackish brown patina with warm brown high points
These two bronze river gods are based upon compositions by Giambologna. The first is derived from a wax and terracotta model now in the Bargello, which is also known in a copy by Bartolommeo Cavaceppi in the Accademia di San Luca (for an illustration of the former see A. E. Brinckmann, Barock-Bozzetti, Frankfurt am Main, 1923, I, pl. 25). The latter composition is based upon a model for the river god Il Mugnone, executed by Giambologna for a grotto in the grounds of the Villa di Pratolino (illustrated in C. Avery, 'Pietro Francavilla's drawings of Giambologna's models', in Apollo, September, 2000, p. 26, fig. 10). A pair of bronzes almost identical to the present lot was formerly in the collection of Maurice de Rothschild, Paris (see A. Colasanti, Le Fontane d'Italia, Milan, 1926, pl. 101 and 102) where they are described as the Arno and the Tiber.