Fire Dogs with Statuettes of Ceres and Minerva

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1549-1625
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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Although these andirons have long been attributed to Alessandro Vittoria, it is clear the figures are after a model now believed to be by Girolamo Campagna (see versions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art). The bases on which the figures are mounted do not correspond to other bases associated with Campagna's figures. The combination of these particular figures and bases is likely the result of mixing and matching component parts.
Formerly attributed to Alessandro Vittoria, Trent 1525-1608 Venice.

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