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Statuette - Young Triton on a Dolphin blowing a conch

Young Triton on a Dolphin blowing a conch

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly , made)
    Padua (possibly, made)
    Venice (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500-1550 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.124-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette representing a young Triton is possibly made by Franceso Fanelli, in the first half of the 16th century.

The little Triton, who has a fawn's tail and legs terminating in fish tails, bestrides a fantastically formed dolphin.

Triton is a sea-god. He was usually thought to be the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea and Amphritete, the goddess of the sea. A daughter, Pallas, was attributed to him. Usually he is represented with a human upper body and a tail of a fish.

Franceso Fanelli (1577- ca. 1641) was first documented in Genoa in 1608, where, until about 1631, he produced religious works in marble, silver, ivory and bronze. By 1635, he was working at the English court. Although he described himself 'sculptor to the King of Great Britain', it is unclear whether this title was officially conferred. The V&A owns versions of several small bronzes by 'ffrancisco the one-eyed Italian' listed in an inventory of Whitehall Palace in 1639. George Vertue stated that Fanelli 'lv'd and dyd in England'; he is last documented in 1641 and believed to have died soon after.

Physical description

Bronze statuette of a young Triton on a dolphin blowing a conch. The little Triton, who has a fawn's tail and legs terminating in fish tails, bestrides a fantastically formed dolphin.

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly , made)
Padua (possibly, made)
Venice (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1500-1550 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Width: 9.5 cm, Depth: 10 cm, Height: 9.5 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest. Previously attributed to Fancesco Fanelli (active 1609-d.1665).

Descriptive line

Statuette, Triton on a Dolphin blowing a Conch, bronze, possibly Italian

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Renaissance bronzes from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London : Renaissance bronzes and related drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford / organized by the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 9

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Dolphin (animal)

Categories

Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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