C. Avery, Florentine Baroque Bronzes and Other Objects of Art, exh. cat., Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1975, pp. 84-85.
G. Balderston, Daniel Katz: European Sculpture, 2004, London, 2004, no. 25.
The present lot appears to be an identical model to the 'Head of a
Crying Child' in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (see C. Avery, Op. cit., p. 84). Perhaps the most distinctive characteristics of the bust are the extremely heavy -- yet fantastically expressive -- facial features such as the deeply furrowed brow, flaring nostrils and pursed, swollen lips. As Avery notes, the model, with its fleshy anatomy, is likely to have Netherlandish prototypes - most obviously the paintings from the school of Rubens and sculptures of Quellinus the Elder (1609-1668) and Verhulst (1624-1688). Another version of the 'Crying Boy', in marble however, was sold, together with its pair the 'Laughing Boy', at Sotheby's London, 7 December 1989, lot 159.
The 'Crying Boy' has sometimes been paired with the Laughing Boy, more commonly called 'Roubiliac's Daughter' (see Christie's London, 12 June 2003, lot 74 and G. Balderston, Op. cit., no. 25). Sophie Roubiliac's godfather was the manager of the Chelsea porcelain factory which made the version now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Contrasting the two probably derives from the models of Democritus and Heroclitus, the Greek philosophers who laughed and cried at the follies of man.