This fascinating piece is the only one of its kind that I have ever seen. It was most likely only released in Europe, and in a very small edition. Quite different from The Master's usual subjects.
Size: 10 1/4 inches tall; the widest width would be 5 inches from pointing finger to opposite elbow; the diameter of the base is 3 3/4 inches.
Circa: 1960s or early 1970s.
Country of Origin: Italy.
Another fabulous example of the genius of Antonio Borsato. Borsato put expression and personality in each piece. Always hand-painted, and incredibly detailed, every Borsato porcelain sculpture is an individual work of art. Borsato is rightfully referred to as the Michaelangelo of the 20th Century. His work is on display in the Vatican in many museums, and in notable private collections.
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. 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.
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.
He died in 1982 in an automobile accident at the height of his career.
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