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Seated Boy representing Autumn from a Set of Seasons or the Infant Bacchus: M.5-1997

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Seated Boy representing Autumn from a Set of Seasons or the Infant Bacchus


Probably Bertos, Francesco (Sculptor)


Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast, and chased.

Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast. The plump, nude putto decked with vine tendrils and several bunches of grapes, is shown in arrested motion, with his head sharply twisted, and a highly-focused gaze. Propped up by his left arm, with his weight on his left buttock, he reclines rather unsteadily, as if paused in mid-crawl, his legs bent in a zigzag formation, the left one pulled well forward to the right. He grasps a large bunch of grapes in his extended right hand, whilst, apparently inadvertantly, crushing another bunch under his left buttock, and a third beneath his left palm.


History note: Mortimer L. Schiff Collection; His Sale, Christie's, London, 22-23 June 1938, lot 36, bought C.G. Cooper of Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd (£23. 2. 0.); sold to Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958); bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek; bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek from the collection of Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory.

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Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm
Length: 29.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Dolo ⪼ Italy
  • Padua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1733 CE


Made in Padua or Dolo

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Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1997
Primary reference Number: 14010
Old object number: B.4.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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