846. Attributed to Benedetto Boschetti Fine LARGE Bronze Bust Ajax 19thCt


STUNNING BRONZE ATTRIBUTED TO BENEDETTO BOSCHETTI

A Very Impressive & Superbly Cast Patinated Bronze Bust of Ajax Turning to Dexter, of good size proportions, after the Antique, attributed to Benedetto Boschetti (1820-1860). Mid Nineteenth Century.

Wearing a Helmet cast with Satyrs, his toga tied at his left shoulder and a sash to his right, raised on a lavish cast Ormolu base ending on four scroll supports.

Condition: Good original condition, nice surface patination, ormolu has been re-gold plated.

Height: (entire, an impressive) 13.75” (35cm). Width: (at base) 5.25" (13.5cm).  

Footnotes: The design of the present bust originates from a larger figural group depicting Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus (see final image). Ajax was also known as Menelaus, and the larger composition repesents a scene in Homer’s Illiad where Menelaus carries the dying soldier during the Trojan War. The initial scylptural concept of this theme dates around 230 BC, but the present Bust was most likely modelled after a Roman copy now in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.