Tue, 13th Sep 2022 10:00

Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale


A Victorian composite stone model of the Uffizzi Boar, called 'Il Porcellino'

A Victorian composite stone model of the Uffizzi Boar, called 'Il Porcellino',
mid-19th century, attributed to Austin & Seeley, the figure seated on an integral square plinth,
110cm wide
180cm deep
142cm high

This cast stone model of the Uffizi Boar takes its name from a 17th-century bronze fountain by sculptor Pietro Tacca, made for Cosimo II de' Medici and originally placed in the Loggia at the Mercato Nuovo in Florence. Made in the 1630s, it was modelled after an earlier marble version (Italian, 2nd-1st century BC) discovered in Rome in 1556 on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill, itself thought to be based on a lost Greek Hellenistic bronze version. After restoration, the marble was brought to Florence in 1568 as a gift from Pope Pius IV to Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, initially placed in the Pitti Palace. Both this marble and the 17th-century bronze versions are now housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and are two of the most popular sculptures in the collection.

Several copies of the Boar appear in collections around the world, however, an almost identical model of the present example, without the integral plinth, is illustrated in Austin & Seeley's catalogue, 'Specimen Book of Austin & Seeley's Artificial Stone Manufactory, London’, 1844, p.9. Austin & Seeley were known as suppliers of fine garden statuary to the largest country houses in England and similar stone examples can be found at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Castle Howard in Yorkshire, and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

For a similar example, see: Christie's, 'The Collection of Will Fisher, Founder of Jamb', 2 February 2012, lot 98.

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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, Tue, 13th Sep 2022

We are delighted to present a selected preview for our September Fine Interiors auction. Showcasing the very best of Florentine design, the sale is led by a group of nine 17th century pietra dura panels, all beautifully depicting animals in landscapes. The set, from the private collection of the late London art dealer, Sir Jack Baer, sit alongside another pair of a boar and camel and a single panel depicting a hilltop village.

Also featured is a Victorian stone model of the famous Uffizi Boar, as well as a selection of fine furniture and works of art from the 17th-20th centuries, including renowned makers such as Meissen, Gillows of Lancaster, and Thomas Chippendale, giving a taster of the full sale to be published soon.

A small group of highlights is currently available to view at our London Gallery in Covent Garden's Cecil Court until early September, for further details on what you can see please do not hesitate to contact us:

Fine Interiors | fineinteriors@sworder.co.uk

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