Circle of Andrea del Verrocchio (circa 1435-1488), Italian, Florence, circa 1500, Bust of Christ the Redeemer. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby’s.
terracotta, with traces of polychromy; height 17 7/8 in.; 45.5 cm.
Note: Although generally regarded as originating in the Verrocchio workshop, terracotta busts of this type were probably produced by contemporaries outside of the master’s studio. These sculptures show a varying degree of reliance on Verrocchio’s model of the head of Christ from his immensley successful monumental bronze sculpture of Christ and St. Thomas for Orsanmichele in Florence, which he began in 1466.
RELATED LITERATURE: J. Pope-Hennessy, Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, vol. I, London, 1964, pp. 209-210, no. 197
A. Butterfield, The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio, New Haven/ London, 1997, pp. 56-80
B. Boucher (ed.), Earth and Fire. Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, exh. cat. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, New Haven/ London, 2001, pp. 150-151, no. 22
This lot is sold with a thermoluminescence analysis report dated 11 November 2014 from Oxford Authentication Ltd. stating that both samples taken were last fired between 300 and 600 years ago (between 1414 and 1714).
Sotheby’s. Selected Renaissance and Mannerist Works of Art Assembled by Fabrizio Moretti, New York, 29 janv. 2015, 02:00 PM