12 June 2003
A PAIR OF PARCEL-GILT BRONZE GROUPS OF ACROBATS
Venetian, 17th century
Each with six figures arranged in pyramidal form; on an integrally cast tripartite plinth and an elaborate tripartite base cast with strap work, caryatids and grotesque masks.
The base with a dark brown patina and lighter high points; the acrobats re-gilt.
10 7/8 in. (27.7 cm.) high, each (2)
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A. Gibbon, Guide des Bronzes de la Renaissance Italienne, Paris, 1990, p. 104, fig. 123
A variant of the present bronzes is illustrated in Gibbon (op. cit) but lacking the elaborately modelled bases. This single pyramidal group, in a private collection, Paris, is attributed to mannerist sculptor Niccolo Roccatagliata (1593-1636).
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘