Among the Italian artists who made wares in the Capodimonte tradition during the 20th century was Antonio Borsato. His intricate pieces are largely seen as a more modern extension of Capodimonte, often more elaborately detailed and realistic in nature. His over 1000 sculptures are unique and individual in design. Antonio death came as the result of an auto accident in 1982.
This unique and true-to-life Borsato figure depicts and old, hunched over man with a cane, walking along side his nanny goat that may soon be a mother. The old man looks his age with his rather unkept beard, aging face, gnarled hands and a cane for added support. He is attired in slacks with kerchief protruding from the back pocket, long-sleeve shirt, vest and crumpled hat. From his mouth hangs his favorite long-stem pipe. The goat look well feed and cared for. The color pallet of soft tan, brown, red, gray, ivory and green are natural and realistic. The figurine measures 4 3/4" in length, 4 1/2" in width and 7 1/2" in height. Stamped in blue and tan "33 III": original foil label "Porcellane e Gres d'Artw - A. Borsato - Milano - Made In Italy"; additional faded paper label "521 B"; original foil label marked "Interco - Made In Italy" and incised mark on the backside of the base "A. Borsato - Made Italy - Original". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Original box is not available.