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Fabulous Terracotta sculpture of St. George killing the dragon ~ 17" high ~ signed by Prof. Eugenio Pattarino, Mold# 408 (Florence Italy) Ca. 1930
Authentic and signed. Exceptional modeling and exquisite detail throughout! Professor Eugenio Pattarino's name and his artwork are collected by museums and connoisseurs of fine art. This piece is not only beautiful to display but will continue to grow in value as the market experiences a shortage of his works. He has created a masterpiece of Saint George on a beautiful white rearing steed that is adorned with floral gold ornate bridal, breast plate and saddle. He has painted Saint George in a light yellow shirt with red designs; it is covered with a gray armor shield with gold and red accents. He has a red shawl with gold fern designs wrapped around his shoulder, fastened over his breast plate with two blue flowers clasps. He has gray with black and cream paisley designs on his paints. Golden knee protectors and golden spurs and stirrups have been added. Saint George is holding a golden lance that has pierced through the head of the dragon. The dragon that curled under the rearing steed has his forked tongue wrapping around the lance as it pierced his head! Pattarino made the dragon a deep dark green with hints of black and lighter green. It has yellow eyes, white fangs and red claws and spines. One back leg appears to be trying to get the underneath of the horse. Several dragon spines or claws are lying on the ground by the dragon as the fight continues.....
Please see pictures to see the true beauty and detail of the piece. The piece has been signed Prof. Eugenio Pattarino on the underside it also has four finger prints where the painter has left when he flipped the piece over!
The image of Saint George slaying the dragon is not a literal depiction of a supposed historical event, but symbolic of the victory of St. George, the embodiment of Christian faith, over evil and the forces of the devil, the enemy of God, the dragon.
Prof. Eugenio Pattarino (Italian 1885-1971) was one of the most famous 20th century Italian ceramicists. He was well known for his religious art and his work was commissioned by the Vatican as gifts for visiting dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy and Andre Gide. Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf were avid collectors of his work. Pattarino's sculptures were offered from a small studio in Florence on the shoulder of the river Arno, however several years ago it was completely destroyed when washed away in a sudden flood along with almost all original records, sculptures and molds.
Backstamp: Prof. Eugenio Pattarino
Height: 17" Width: 17" Depth: 9"
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