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    After Giambologna (20th Century)
    Mercury
    Bronze with brown patina
    72-1/2 inches (184.2 cm) high
    Inscribed on base with Chiurazzi foundry mark: 3/299

    The Chiurazzi Foundry was established by Gennaro Chiurazzi, Sr. in 1870, an apprentice of Pietro Masulli, the Neapolitan sculptor who conceived and practiced the art http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 of replicating ancient works of art, drawing his inspiration from Cellini's method. Gennaro Chiurazzi founded an art school in the Reale Ospizio dell'Albergo dei Poveri, in Naples and endowed Naples with two permanent galleries http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 for ancient art: Galleria Principe di Napoli and Piazza dei Martiri. These galleries showcased copies of ancient works from Pompeii, Ercolano, Rome and other Italian museums.

    Because of the prominence of the Chiurazzi family http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 , in the late 1800s the Chiurazzi Foundry was given special dispensation from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities to enter the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and create moulds of sculptures in the museum http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 . The National Archaeological Museum contained items excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. The making of moulds of original works of sculpture and antiquities was subsequently expanded to other museums in Italy and then to international museums which housed great works that had been excavated out of ancient Rome. From the 1860s, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples began granting permits for the official production of copies of their extraordinary collection of sculptures, which included http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 the finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the late nineteenth century, a variety of firms in Naples saw the opportunity to capitalize on the flourishing interest in the Vesuvian sites and produced replicas alongside photographs and other mementos for travelers http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88650904 . The Chiurazzi mould-making process continued through 1972 when Italian law was revised to prohibit the creation of moulds from original works of art in museums. The Chiurazzi Foundry is one of the few firms in possession of direct casts from classical works in the Naples Museum.


    Condition Report*: Sculpture measures 72.5 x 39.5 x 18 inches; work remains in excellent condition.
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    September, 2015
    12th-13th Saturday-Sunday
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