An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-pieceattributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi

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Lot 100
An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-piece
attributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi

Sold for £ 50,400 (US$ 70,986) inc. premium
An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-piece
attributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi
the large clam shell supported by three kneeling tritons with coiled bifurcating tails, one blowing a conch shell, one holding a stick of coral, the other with one arm raised supporting the shell, the naturalistic cast base with waves, on a tri-form curved shaped stepped base, on an hexagonal stepped oak pedestal with fluted columns to the sides,62cm wide, 59cm deep, 62cm high (24" wide, 23" deep, 24" high); the pedestal: 63cm wide, 53cm deep, 91cm high (25" wide, 21" deep, 36" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • Lodovico Pogliaghi was born in 1857 in Milan. He studied painting, sculpture and architecture at the Accademia di Brera under Pietro Magni, Giovanni Strazza and Giuseppe Bertini. Pogliaghi established long term relationships with some of the most important patrons in Northern Italy. Pogliaghi worked on the renovation of the Palazzo Turati in Milan in the 1880s but is probably best known for his 1904-08 depiction of the Virgin Mary's Sorrows and Joys on the monumental bronze doors of the Duomo in Milan.
    The bronze support on this lot, used as a base for the giant clam shell is a mythological representation belonging to the sea world, particularly loved by Lodovico Pogliaghi.
    One of his early oil paintings entitled "Naiad and Triton", dated 1879, displays his affinity for the triton subject. Pogliaghi's sculptural style can be compared with a table decoration representing Neptune from circa 1900 which depicts an identical figure as the shell blowing triton on our centre piece. Additionally, a centre table using the similar subject of the bronze triton was sold Christie's London, 19 March 2009, lot 83 (£205,250).
An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-pieceattributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi
An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-pieceattributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi
An important Italian 19th century patinated bronze and giant tropical Tridacna Gigas shell centre-pieceattributed to Lodovico Pogliaghi
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