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25 June 2019 | 10:30am

Fine Sculpture, Early Works of Art and Garden Ornament

Lot 30

A north Italian bronze model of a dragon

Estimate £400 - £600 + fees

A north Italian bronze model of a dragon, probably Florentine or Venetian, later 17th century, the head twisting to dexter with jaws agape, the tail coiling down behind, on a later, square section white marble plinth, with dove grey marble socle

18cm high, 22cm wide



Whilst seemingly unusual as subject matter, models of dragons were not uncommonly cast in 17th century Italy because of their occurrence in Classical mythology. For example Gianfrancesco Susini (1585 - circa 1653) created models in bronze of the famed dragon Ladon after a model by Pietro Tacca (1577 - 1640), Ladon having featured in the eleventh Labour of Hercules as guardian of the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides

Cf. Sotheby's New York, Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture, Property from the Abbott Guggenheim Collection, 27th January 2011, lot 427

Far more similar to the current example is a 17th century Italian fragmentary bronze dragon, offered at Sotheby's London, A Venetian Legacy - An Italian Private Collection, 5th December 2017, lot 540


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