This treasure is a small example of the master's work. This piece is in Excellent Condition, and is 5 inches tall. Borsato originals were 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. This serves as a valuable asset to the Borsato owner. 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, fingers, 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 to be handed down to future generations. Antonio Borsato died in a car crash in 1982 at the height of his creative genius. I believe he was the finest Italian porcelain sculptor of the 20th Century, surpassing other Capodimonte sculptors, even his mentor the great Cacciapuoti. 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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