Fire Dogs with Statuettes of Ceres and Minerva

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Bronze.
45 inches (1143 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, possibly in 1903.
AZ154.1-2
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Duveen, London; from whom purchased by Pierpont Morgan, possibly in 1903.
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These andirons are comprised of various elements joined together, all likely produced in late 16th or 17th century Venetian foundries. The figures are ultimately derived from Girolamo Campagna's marble figures of War and Peace at the Palazzo Ducale, further strengthening their association with Venice. There are numerous known casts of the figures, of varying quality (see versions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), some of which have been associated with the artists Alessandro Vittoria and Niccolo Roccatagliata.
Formerly attributed to the workshop of Girolamo Campagna, Verona 1552-1625 Venice, and Alessandro Vittoria, Trent 1525-1608 Venice.

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