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LOT 0466

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,600 - 4,800
USD ($) 4,080 - 5,450

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1

Renaissance Sleeping Soldier from a Resurrection Group

South Netherlandish or South German, late 16th century AD

A limestone statuette of a soldier seated on a bench supporting his head on his right hand; a close-fitting morion helmet on the head with notched crest and flared neck-guard covering a full head of flowing locks which extend to the shoulders and merge with a long beard; the body enclosed in a tight-fitting muscle-cuirass with pteruges and short puffed sleeves; the bare legs extending to calf-length boots; the left arm cradling the octagonal-section shaft of a spontoon or pike, with socket to the upper end to accept the blade (absent) and horse-hair plume resting on the shoulder; probably one of the figures from a scene of Christ's resurrection. 11.5 kg total, 41.5cm including stand (16 1/2"). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
Art market, France, 2012.
Ex central London gallery.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11116-184115.

Literature
See Levin, S., Pedemonti, N., Bruno, L., ‘Resurrecting della Robbia’s Resurrection: Challenges in the Conservation of a Monumental Renaissance Relief’ in Hamilton, E., Dodson, K., Objects Specialty Group Postprints, Volume Twenty-Four, 2017, pp. 388–412.

Footnotes
The Resurrection was one of the more powerful images used to promote the Christian message during the Middle Ages. It usually takes the form of a triumphant Christ stepping out of the tomb in which he had been placed after the Crucifixion while a number of Roman soldiers slumber peacefully around it. The present figure is dressed in a Renaissance interpretation of Roman military clothing, but equipped with a contemporary staff weapon.