"Fauna With Cymbals, Bronze Sculpture From Ancient, XIXth."Bronze with brown patina - H. 58 cm Signed by the Neapolitan Chiurazzi workshops mid-19th century This large bronze with brown patina refers to the dancing Satyr, marble from the Greek era which was produced by Praxiteles and now kept in the Tribune du Florence Uffizi Museum. Coming from the Medici collections, this sculpture is a masterpiece of movement, as the satyr brings life and passion to his dance. The right foot is supported on a scabillum, a bellows-shaped instrument, producing piercing sounds, both hands holding cymbals. Note that the head, arms and cymbals were redone by Michelangelo in the 16th century. Another antique dealing with this subject was discovered in Rome in 1630. Belonging to a group originally probably in bronze disappeared in the 2nd century BC in which a nymph was to respond to the invitation to the dance of the satyr, this work was reproduced in marble in the 1st or 2nd century AD. JC. Acquired by Louis XIV from Cardinal Mazarin in 1665, this dancing Satyr in white marble decorated the Tuileries Garden and then the Girandole grove at the Palace of Versailles, before joining the collections of the Louvre Museum. The influence of this sculpture was fundamental, appearing as one of the major sources of inspiration for Renaissance artists. Thus, rivaling the ancient model, a bronze representing a cymbal fauna attributed to Adriaen de Vries (around 1556 - 1626) is now kept at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. These admirable works, as much by their subject and the heat of their patina as by their small size allured the European elites, carrying with them an ideal Antiquity, not archaeological, but reinvented by the genius of contemporary artists. Any amateur then had to collect bronzes. Very good condition. Sold with descriptive invoice & certificate.