AFTER DONATELLO bronze - David, statue of the victorious youth with sword, late 19th/early 20th Century, weathered verdigris patination, 89cms high Provenance: Deceased estate (London) Auctioneer's Note: Possibly Chiurazzi Foundry. Donatello`s bronze statue of David (circa 1440s) is notable as the first unsupported standing work in bronze cast during the Renaissance period, and the first freestanding nude male sculpture made since antiquity. It created a sensation when it was first shown, due to its portrayal of the nude young male. It depicts the young David with an enigmatic smile, posed with his foot on Goliath`s severed head just after killing the giant. The youth is standing naked, apart from a laurel-topped hat and boots, bearing the sword of Goliath. The exact date of creation is widely disputed, dates ranging between 1430 and the more accepted 1440s. It is now displayed in the Bargello, Florence. There is a full-size plaster cast (with a broken sword) in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The Chiurazzi foundry was established in Naples and were at their most active around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. They produced a range of over 1300 different models, mainly in bronze of after the Antique and Renaissance models, largely catering for clients engaged on the Grand Tour. Comments: base filled, old cracks to chest and back.