Ponce JACQUIO (vraisemblablement Rethel, vers 1515 - Paris, 1570)

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Ponce JACQUIO (vraisemblablement Rethel, vers 1515 - Paris, 1570)
The thorn shooter
Large bronze statuette with a varnished medal patina, depicting an undressed young woman removing a thorn from her foot.
Italy, 16th century.
(Small scratches, small cast iron defect, filing under the right knee).
Height: 25 cm - Width: 22,10 cm - Depth: 11,9 cm
On a black molded marble base. Estimate on request

Ponce Jacquio, known as "Master Ponce", is the only French sculptor cited, under the name of Ponzio, by the historian Vasari in the 16th century. Probably born in Rethel around 1515, he trained in Italy as a sculptor and stucco artist, where he was a member of the Company of Saint Luke in Rome. He worked there between 1553 and 1556 for Cardinal Giovanni Ricci in Palazzo Sacchetti. Returning to France, he was a collaborator of Androuet du Cerceau, Germain Pilon and Primatice, with whom he worked for Fontainebleau, the Tuileries and the tombs of François I, Henri II and Catherine de Medici in Saint-Denis. He also responded to private commissions such as for the Hotel de Rocquencourt, for the Château de Meudon of the Cardinal of Lorraine, for the Count of Dammartin at the Château de Verneuil in 1560, for Parisian fountains and even for mantelpieces for fireplaces in 1562 and 1564.
In France, he lived in rue Montorgueil in Paris, in Montauban in 1566, then in a faubourg Saint-Marcel house near Les Gobelins bought in 1567, and finally in rue de la Grande Truanderie in Paris where he died in 1570.
Another bronze of the same subject but much smaller and of rather rustic workmanship, also dating from the Renaissance, acquired in 1910 from the Whitecombe Greene collection is kept in the Louvre Museum (OA 6416).
This is a rare statuette intended for an amateur cabinet, a widespread fashion in Italy from the 16th century onwards. The novelty is that the female cannon becomes more realistic, less slender and quasi-erotic.
It can be contemplated from all sides. The kinship with John of Bologna's
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