Antonio Borsato took as much care and thought with his smaller figures as he did with his huge masterpieces. Look at the expression on the face of the organ grinder. See the bird that landed on his organ. Or the snail on the ground. The mushrooms. All small details that one may miss the first time you look. I have found something different almost every time I look at one of his incredible creations.
The Organ Grinder is in Very Good to Excellent Condition. Signed in back (see 6th photo).
He stands 8 inches tall.
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 produced in mass or even left the studio without the Borsato hallmark worked permanently into the piece. 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. Borsato died in 1982 in an automobile accident. The whole world mourns the loss such a talent. A Borsato art treasure is an exquisite masterpiece to be cherished as an heirloom for eternity. As time passes, more and more pieces are completely broken or damaged. This piece has no losses, making it extremely valuable, and more likely to appreciate in value. 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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