This monumental figurine by Capodimonte, Made in Italy, depicts a lanky fisherman wrestling a fish on his bamboo rod. The flat bottom boat sits on a gold decorated pedestal base running the length of the boat and with rocaille flourishes all around. The blue crown mark is front and center on the pedestal base, and underneath is the Made in Italy impressed mark. The figure is also signed, however, I cannot ascertain the artist's identity because the signature is not clear. Perhaps some Capodimonte expert will come to my assistance here and identify this piece for me. The details are incredible on this piece, from the long fingers so skillfully molded and painted, to the fisherman's expression as he struggles to get the fish into the boat. This is a bisque porcelain piece, the flat colors underscoring the rustic nature of the subject. The piece has a few minor issues--there is a tiny nick on the back fin of the fish; there appears to be a reattachment of one of the oar braces though it could have just not been fused sufficiently to the body of the boat from inception; and finally there is a roughness to some of the wood on the sides of the boat. I cannot say that this is damage because I cannot find any apparent restoration though maybe the restorer was so skilled that only touch tells the story. On the underside, one of the vent holes is very rough. These small deficiencies have been taken into account in the pricing. Size is 16" long x 7" wide x 9" high, approximately.
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