1 July 1997
A bronze model of a peddler
Cast from a model by Giambologna (1529-1608), 17th century
On an integral oval plinth and an associated marble socle.
Warm dark brown patina with medium brown high points; damage to socle.
5 1/8 in. (12.9 cm.) high
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London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Giambologna 1529-1608 - Sculptor to the Medici, 5 October - 16 November 1978, p. 165, nos. 137-138.
C. Avery, Giambologna - The Complete Sculpture, Oxford, 1987, figs. 42 and 43.
This model, which is described as 'a little silver figure leaning on a staff', is first recorded in a document of 1601 concerning four silver statuettes from the Galleria of the Uffizi, which were loaned to Antonio Susini, presumably for him to make bronze copies of them (London, loc. cit.). As has been pointed out by Charles Avery (loc. cit.), the invention is adapted from a classical prototype, although the elegance of the contrapposto is Giambologna's own.
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