This is such a great example of Antonio Borsato's genius. It combines incredible detail, with a touch of humor and, most of all, an actual glimpse at humanity! The little nap the vendor is taking will cost him a small piece of fruit. I imagine that these two are actually friends, the one getting more satisfaction out of his petty prank than the actual prize involved. No wonder Antonio Borsato is considered the Michaelangelo of the 20th Century, with some of his works even displayed in the vatican; and in significant collections and museums, including the personal collection of Henry Kissinger. To appreciate Borsato, one must view the porcelain in the round (he always sculpted pieces that were complete from any angle; no flat blank surfaces.) I always find yet another detail I had not noticed. This piece is rich with details. I love the expressions; the wonderful fingers; even the natural folds of the sleeves.
This is in Very Good to Excellent Condition with no losses.
This measures 12 1/4" x 7 3/4" x 10 1/2".
It requires special packing.
Borsato porcelain sculptures are considered the cream of Capodimonte porcelain.
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.
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