A 19th century plaster figure of Jason and the Golden Fleece by D.Bruccani & Co.

A 19th century plaster figure of Jason and the Golden Fleece by D.Bruccani & Co.

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A fine 19th century plaster figure of Jason and the Golden Fleece by D. Brucciani & Co. Inscribed on the base: D. Brucciani & Co.

By Repute: Yester House, East Lothian.

This plaster figure was cast from a 16th century marble figure of Jason in the Victoria & Albert Museum currently on display in the Medieval & Renaissance Gallery. Jason was acquired by the museum in 1860 ‘from the gardens of the Palazzo Strozzi-Ridolfi, Florence, where it formerly stood under the portico ‘Degli Orti Oricellari’ and has tentatively been attributed as being the work of either Bartolomeo Ammannati or Giovanni Bandini.

Domenico Brucciani(1815-1880) originally from Lucca ran a very successful business producing casts of sculptural works from international collections including those in the South Kensington Museum (now the V & A) and British Museum and then selling them commercially from his shop at 40 Russell Street known as the Galleria delle Belle Arti. The business capitalising on the 19th century fashion of having sculptural figures in the home continued until the 1st world war when the demand for plaster casts declined.

The current plaster figure was probably cast soon after its acquisition by the Museum in 1860 and in a D. Brucciani & Co, Catalogue of Casts for Schools, 1889, it was listed as ‘item 2518 Jason, by Michael Angelo, South Kensington Museum for £7.00’.

STOCK NUMBER 4027

Measurements:
HEIGHT: 74 INS (188 CMS)

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