Benedetto Boschetti


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Benedetto Boschetti

An Italian Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Model of the Medici Vase

Italian, Circa 1850

REF No. B75042

Signed to the edge of the base ‘B.Boschetti, Roma'.

dimensions

Height :38 cm | 15 in
Diameter :27 cm | 10⁵/₈ in

description

An Italian Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Model of the Medici Vase by Bennedetto Boschetti, Rome.

Signed to the edge of the base ‘B.Boschetti’.

Of Greek kalyx-krater form this finely cast vase modelled after the antique has reeded handles with satyr mask terminals, cast in relief with a frieze of heroic warriors and the figure of Iphigenia, on an acanthus cast socle put down on a square section base and raised on a stepped black marble plinth.

The vase is modelled after the celebrated antique marble original dated to the first century A.D. and first recorded at the Villa Medici in Rome by 1598, now housed in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.  The frieze is said to depict the Athenians gathered at Delphi before the Trojan War, as well as satyrs and a female figure, likely Iphigenia, seated below a statue of Artemis.

Along with the Borghese vase it achieved widespread fame through the publication of engravings such as those illustrated by Stefano della Bella in 1656 and Piranesi in ‘Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi’, 1778.  The vases were regarded as among the greatest surviving examples of Classical art, attributed by some early writers to Phidias.

From at least the early seventeenth century the Medici and Borghese Vases were copied, either individually or as matched pairs, generally in bronze and marble but also in other materials, including silver and ceramic. Some of the earliest examples are in marble and placed around the Bassin de Latone at Versailles.  

Italian, Circa 1850.

maker

The workshop of Benedetto Boschetti (1820-1870) was renowned for the exceptional quality of its marble work 'after the antique'. From his premises at 74 via Condotti in Rome, Boschetti supplied extremely high quality works of art to satisfy the academic and sophisticated tastes of young Englishmen on the Grand Tour.

His work was widely praised and he was awarded a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The most celebrated examples of his work today are a mosaic table depicting the Triumph of Cupid in the Gilbert Collection, London, and the fine reductions of the Warwick Vase, in rosso antico now in the Toledo Museum, Ohio.

Bibliography:
Gonzalez-Palacios, Alvar, Il tiempo del gusto, Longanesi (Milan), 1986.
Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions: London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collector's Club (Woodbridge, UK), 2006, p.41

Benedetto Boschetti

An Italian Grand Tour Patinated Bronze Model of the Medici Vase







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