Lot 52

Venus - a table bronze from the workshop of Andrea Riccio (circa 1471-1532, Padua)

Works of Art, Antiquities | A89kua | Live auction | 578 Lots

Starting Price € 12,000

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Rare Italian Renaissance bronze. Venus standing in contrapposto, holding a cornucopia, on a trefoil base surrounded by a relief frieze, resting on lion feet, candlestick, and baluster-shaped inkwell. Aesthetic interpretation of a female nude in an almost dance-like pose, delicate face. Two small drill holes for a now missing handle; small crack at the left heel, otherwise in exceptionally good, original condition with very fine brownish patina and traces of original black lacquering. Height 20 cm, side length of the base 14 cm. This form of a variably arrangeable table bronze is already described in early art-historical literature, for example the piece in the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin.
Lit.: Planiscig, Leo: Andrea Riccio, Schroll, Vienna, 1927, pp. 385ff., fig. 73, 74, 238.

Provenance: Robert Mayer Collection, described there as "Putto auf Sockelplatte, Paduanisch, 15. Jhdt".

Condition: II Questions about the lot?

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The auction includes 578 lots and starts on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 1 - 578. The pre-sale view will take place from 19 - 22 May, 25, 29 and 31 May 2021. However, the number of participants for both auction and viewing is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and requires an appointment. Prior to any visit please check our website - we'll up.