Dated 1880-1885, a white marble statue titled Chef de Bande signed T. ANCILLOTTI (BOUDET - PARIS) on the plinth. The Character holds a metal sword. Needs restoration.
Exemplary Bronze, gold-medal winner at the 1883 Universal exhibition of Amsterdam, displayed at the fair of the French Artists' society in 1884 (n°3248 - Chef de bande ; - bronze statue. Owned by M. Lombar). At this event, critics likened it to the work of Torello Ancillotti :
" M. ANCILLOTTI is a sculptor endowed with a real feeling for decoration, like all Italian sculptors. His Chef de bande is a bronze statue of a thuggish Louis XIII soldier dressed like Bassompierre, with the wide felt hat, long-sword, ribbons and boots that are formed into candleholders. Portrayed in the most gallant way, the soldier seems to be anticipating chivalrous escapades and disputes defended by the Edict of Nantes. He has a superb sense of swagger and boldness. As well as the feel of the piece, also to be admired is the bronze work, which could be that of a Florentine goldsmith. Moreover, M. Ancillotti is a chip off the old block, and Richepin is not the first to involve memories of his ancestors;"
(M. GERARD, Le Nouvelliste, Rouen, 03-Jun-1884, Paris Exhib. , 1884).
ANCILLOTTI Torello (Born in 1844, Died in 1899. 19C Italian)
Sculptor, landscape painter.
Mainly a sculptor, he also painted landscapes and oriental buildings. He exhibited a canvass at the Paris fair in 1888. His most noteworthy sculptures: Angler, plaster statue, and Portrait of M. Sasle, plaster bust (1881 fair), Bust of Dr Magitot ( 1892 fair), Love damaging strength. Ancillotti also painted landscapes, the most noteworthy of which is Rest at the port of Rouen, exhibited at International Black and White Exhibition in 1982. In 1889 he received a bronze medal at the Universal Exhibition of Paris. In BENEZIT.
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