LARGE BRONZE FIGURE OF MERCURY, AFTER JEAN DE BOLOGNE, LATE NINETEENTH – EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Jean de Bologne (1529-1608), also known as Giambologna, was Master sculptor to the Medici court. He created the original from which this figure is derived in 1580 for the fountain of the Loggia at the Villa Medici in Rome. Mercury, the swift messenger of the Roman gods, is portrayed as if in winged flight, elevated on a puff of wind issuing from the head of Zephyr. In verdigris patina, the base incised “Jean de Bologne.” Height overall 6 feet 5 inches.