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BORSATO (Italian, 1911 - 1982) - Don Quixxote - Wonderful Porcelain by the Master!
I have always loved Don Quixote. I felt as if we were alter egos, both tilting windmills frequently!
This is the second Don Quixote bust that I have. Since each piece is unique, you will see the difference between this and the other one. Both are wonderful. This is one of several outstanding pieces of Borsato, duplicates of some of the pieces I have, that I was fortunate enough to buy at lower prices than I have paid in the past, so I will pass on the lower prices to my clients! Antonio Borsato exhibited such genius in his range of subjects; from religious, to opera, to exquisite charming ladies; to mythology and to Don Quixote! This Don Quixote is imaginative and humorous. Don Quixote is emerging from the book.... about himself, of course! The coloring is always different on each of the same pieces, sometimes a different expression or tilt of the head, so every individual piece is unique. This rendition is done in a more subtle fashion.
This piece is in Very Good to Excellent Condition, with no losses. It is an older piece, pictured in the 1970 Boncompagni catalog. It is 8 and 3/4 inches by 5 and 12 inches by 8 inches.
The world lost a great artist when Antonio Borsato died in an automobile 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. Borsato is called the Michelangelo of the 20th Century.
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 eternity.
His work is exhibited in the Vatican; museums, and many significant private collections.
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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