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22 November 2018

Fine British and European Sculpture

Lot 6

A painted terracotta bust of a maiden

Estimate £8000 - £12000 + fees

Sold Price £5000

A painted terracotta bust of a maiden, probably Tuscan and in the manner of Agnolo di Polo, (1470 ~ 1528), portrayed with serene visage declined a little to sinister, her eyelids half closed, her hair falling in tresses either side of her neck to her décolleté, her shoulders covered by thicker drapery; above an integrally modelled waisted socle

39.5cm high, 40cm wide


A member of a family of artists, son of Polo d'Angelo da Vetri and brother to Domenico di Polo, Agnolo trained at the workshop of the master, Verrocchio. He was in a position there to keep abreast of the newest pictorial and sculptural models, which he interpreted with his own more decorative style, characterized by a more sympathetic rendering -evident in the bust offered here

Agnolo di Polo's most successful work was as a sculptor in terracotta, amongst the best of which being a sculptural group in the Spadari Chapel in the Santissima Annunziata in Arezzo, (the Madonna and Child between Saints Francis and Rocco with the Eternal Father Judge). The Madonna in this group bears close comparison with the bust in this lot

Also similar in the treatment of the hair and the drapery, as well as the almost overwhelming gentleness portrayed is a terracotta bust of Christ as a Youth, ascribed to the same sculptor and dated to circa 1510. (See Pandolfini Case D'Aste, Florence, Important Old Master Paintings, 17th November 2015, lot 218