22.76 in. (57.80 cm.) (height) by 21.46 in. (54.50 cm.) (width) by 15.00 in. (38.10 cm.) (depth)
reddish-brown patina; cast after a model by Pietro Tacca (1577-1640); Hercules naked except for his lionskin bends forward beside the bull grasping both his horns in his hands and wrestling him to the ground; On a naturalistic base
with French Royal inventory number '-No-302' inscribed to the reverse of the bull
Royal Academy, London, Bronze, 15 Sept.-9 Dec. 2012, no. 118. Wallace Collection, London, on loan Jan.-Sept. 2013.
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Les Bronzes de la Couronne, 12 Apr. - 12 Jul. 1999, no. 302, pp. 172-3. London, Royal Academy, Bronze, D. Ekserdjian ed., 15 Sept. - 9 Dec. 2012, no. 118, p. 273. J. Warren (ed.), Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes: in and around the Peter Marino Collection, London, 2013, pp. 22-3. J. Warren, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Italian Sculpture, vol. II, 2016, pp. 544-9, figs. 116.2-3. COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: A. Radcliffe, 'Ferdinando Tacca, the missing link in Florentine baroque bronzes', in Kunst des Barock in der Toskana: Studien zur Kunst unter der letzen Medici, H. Keutner ed., Munich, 1976, pp. 14-23. London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Giambologna 1529-1608 - Sculptor to the Medici, 5 Oct.-16 Nov. 1978, C. Avery and A. Radcliffe eds. A. Brook and K. Watson, ‘Tacca Family’, in Grove Art Online, 2003 [online resource]. London, San Marino and Minneapolis, Wallace Collection, Huntington Art Collections and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection, 29 Apr. 2010 - 15 May 2011, J. Warren ed., no. 8. P. Wengraf, Renaissance & Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection, New York, ed. 2014, cat. no. 15.
Given by Louis XIV to his son, the Grand Dauphin, in 1681 (no. 4). Formally incorporated into the French Royal collection in 1711 on the death of the Grand Dauphin. At Château de Meudon from 1722 until 1785. Sent to Paris to be conserved by Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1785. Garde-Meuble de la Couronne and then Galerie des Bronzes, Paris, 1788. Salon des conférences des Archives et Bibliothèque du Palais du Conseil des Anciens, 1796. Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, 18 June 1989, lot 892. With Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York (?). Property from the Estate of Wendell Cherry, Sotheby’s, New York, 20 May 1994, lot 45, where acquired by the present owner.