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Borsato - "The Discovery" - Multi Figural Bird and Animal Group, Signed, Vintage
Borsato was not satisfied simply creating beautiful birds.... he many times sculpted them along with an animal. Sometimes humorous; sometimes touching and sweet. This particular piece is colored vividly; much moreso than other pieces of the same theme.
As with all his pieces, there is a wealth of detail. This piece is in Excellent Condition. I can find no defects. Usually there is at least some leaf damage, but if there is on this piece, it must be extremely small, since I can find none. This little gem measures 4 inches by 5 inches.
Antonio Borsato died in an auto accident in 1982. He is arguably the greatest Italian porcelain sculptor of the 20th Century. Since each sculpture is individually painted, there are no two exactly alike. His work is breathtaking in it's attention to even the smallest details.This is one of Antonio Borsato's earlier pieces, pictured in the 1979 catalog. As with all his pieces, there is a wealth of detail.
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. Being a perfectionist, he was not very prolific. Each piece had a special touch; a turn of the head, an expression. 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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Miriam Barkus, Davie, FL
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