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Bifurcate Triton with Spouting Fish: M.15-1979

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bifurcate Triton with Spouting Fish






Bronze, thick lacquer patina. Figure of a bearded Triton, with flowing curly hair, kneeling on an irregularly-shaped base. His torso is turned in contraposto. He holds a spouting fish over his left shoulder, supported with his right hand.


History note: With Copper & Adams; purchased in 1946 by Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958)

Legal notes

Given anonymously, from the collection of Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 45.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979) by Anonymous


Although apparently a fountain figure, there is no passage for water to enter the fish from inside. The Triton tails are terminated arbitrarily and the fish-tail seems to be a cast-on replacement. Perhaps an after-cast?

Previously called Italian, 16th century. Purchased in 1946 by Lt Col. Boscawen, with attribution to Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (1507-63).

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 27.6 cm Height 45 cm Width 40.2 cm
Base Length 49.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast and patinated

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1979
Primary reference Number: 13988
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_15_1979
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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