This is a magnificent large antique Italian Art Deco bronze sculpture of a semi-nude archer, by the famous Italian sculptor, Salvatore Melani (1902-1934) and bearing his signature, circa 1920 in date.
This stunning sculpture features the remarkable figure of a classical semi-nude archer with the bow in his left hand and his right hand drawing the bow back, and it bears the artist's signature on his robes.The sculpture is raised on an attractive variegated grey marble plinth.
He is depicted with impressive facial expressions and body gestures in the act of determinedly and assertively aiming the bow. The sculptor has succeeded in conveying every little detail of the scene - the tight muscles of the warrior given by the tension of the act, a focused gaze and the legs stretching deep-rooted on the ground make us feel engaged with the scene and fully captivated.
This high-quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method.
This is a splendid bronze sculpture and it will no doubt become the centrepiece of your Art Deco collection.
The attention to detail here is remarkable and this bronze is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 44 x Width 60 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 5 inches x Width 2 feet x Depth 8 inches
Our reference: A1148