Young Triton on a Dolphin blowing a conch

Statuette
ca. 1500-1550 (made)
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Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Brief Description
Statuette, Triton on a Dolphin blowing a Conch, bronze, possibly Italian
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.
Dimensions
  • Width: 9.5cm
  • Depth: 10cm
  • Height: 9.5cm
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Object history
From the Salting bequest. Previously attributed to Fancesco Fanelli (active 1609-d.1665).
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
A.124-1910

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record createdOctober 22, 2004
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