In the taste of Franseco Fanelli (1590-1653).
Italy, 17th century.
Height with stand : 12,5 cm. Without stand : 7 cm.
Francesco Fanelli was one of the most important bronze-makers of the first half of the seventeenth century. Born in Florence, he settled in Genoa around 1609-1610, then moved to London where he was noticed by Charles I for the quality of his ivory sculptures and bronze castings. In 1635 he received the title of "Sculptor of the King". The 1640 inventory of the Royal House of England mentions several statuettes made by Francesco Fanelli known as "the Borgne" representing horses in bronze with a black patina. The English nobility ordered these small bronzes from Fanelli whose fame was widespread throughout Europe.