Borsato - "Foxes Lair" - Multi Figural Animal Group, Dramatic Realism; Signed, Vintage

This is one of Borsato's largest pieces, weighing over 14 lbs. It measures 15 inches by 13 inches. It is not for everyone, but I love wildlife pieces. Certainly bringing game to the lair for the young is a necessary part of the foxes survival.

Borsato is arguably the finest porcelain sculptor in the 20th Century. He died in an automobile accident in 1982. He was never very prolific, since he painstakingly spent so much time on each figure to be satisfied with the details.

This piece is in Excellent Condition. Has been kept behind glass in our non-smoking home. It is signed halfway up the sculpture in back on the rock formation, and has the original tag in front.

The world lost a great artist when Antonio Borsato was killed in an auto accident in 1982. Borsato worked endlessly to make each creation a melody of color and movement. Borsato originals are sculptured in the full-round with no blank surfaces, with the entire piece completely hand colored with brilliant artistry. All stages were attended to by Antonio Borsato himself. It is assuring to note that no Borsato was in mass production.

Borsato is known as the Michelangelo of the 20th Century. His works are displayed in the Vatican, museums, and many significant private collections. He studied under the great Cacciapuoti early on, but many believe he far surpassed his mentor, becoming the greatest of the Capo-Di-Monte genre.

The book Capodimonte Collectibles, published in 1990, presents a fascinating history of Capodimonte porcelain, and clearly indicates that some 20th Century artists were included in the term "Capodimonte." Antonio Borsato is featured over and over again as a prime example. His work is pictured on Pages 53, 58, 63, 64, 117, 118, 134, 139, and 153. His trademark (artist's palette) is also shown.

This large and complete book outlines the original history, and the various trademarks used for this umbrella term; from unmarked pieces, to a fleur-di-lis in a circle, to the crown with the N, to more modern marks which this book includes the Borsato trademark.

Borsato works of art are irreplaceable just as are the works of other Old Masters. His impeccable faithful adherence to detail, a wisp of hair, facial expression, even eyelashes, gestures, whimsical humor, anatomical perfection, combine to endow each of Borsato's works with breathing realism.

A Borsato art treasure is an exquisite masterpiece to be cherished as an heirloom for future generations.

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