This very early piece is extremely rare. It was made before the use of the artist's palette trademark. He was possibly still working under Cacciapuoti, his mentor. (I believe he passed his mentor in skill and execution of his pieces.) This particular piece captures a very sweet moment, with the dog looking up lovingly to his mistress, who just happens to have a treat for him in her hand. This is in surprisingly good condition for its age; probably about sixty years old. It is approximately 9 inches tall; the base adds a bit over 1 more inch.
The individual rendition of each piece can be vastly different from others of the same model, making each one an individual work of art. Antonio Borsato died in an auto accident in 1982, at the height of his recognition as arguably the finest Italian porcelain sculpture of the 20th Century. Collectors around the world love the details; a turn of the head; positions of the fingers. Borsato was never very prolific, so his work, especially the medium and large pieces (some of which required 150 different molds!) is relatively rare.
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 impressive 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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