Warthog with white agate tusks
Lot 1263
Obsidian Carving of a Wild Boar--"Il Porcellino"
Sold for US$ 10,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
Obsidian Carving of a Wild Boar--"Il Porcellino"
By Manfred Wild
Idar-Oberstein, Germany

The glossy sheen and naturalistic texturing of fur is superbly rendered in this carving of a wild boar in repose, formed from a solid piece of Russian obsidian. The inherent color banding of the material is used to its full advantage. The inset eyes are brown agate, the tusks are formed of white agate; the tongue of reddish-pink rhodochrosite. The animal rests on an oval polished base of richly banded malachite over an oval slab of rock crystal, unsigned.

Footnotes

  • The depiction of the wild boar in this pose is a replication of the bronze fountain of a boar Il Cinghiale in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence, Italy. Known as Il Porcellino, Italian for "piglet", the original figure was sculpted and cast by Baroque master Pietro Tacca (1577 –1640) in 1612, after an marble Italian version of a Hellenistic marble original--at the time in the Grand Ducal collections of the Uffizi--but which has since been lost or destroyed. Depictions of this subject can be found in throughout the Decorative Arts.
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