A fine bronze of a shepherd carrying a lamb, perhaps mnemonic of the Good Shepherd symbol in the Gospels. The young shepherd is walking barefoot, wearing an animal skin coat and cap, carrying a young lamb most likely wayward in its wanderings. The patina is verdi-gris and in very good to excellent condition although the back of the cap contains a small nick on the surface.
The artist paid significant attention to detail carving, for example, distinct toe nails.
The bronze is signed F. P. Michetti, the famous Italian painter and sculptor. Our opinion is that this bronze is done after Michetti, perhaps based upon his paintings or sculpture, during the height of his popularity in the late 19th C. Pastoral subjects are represented in his oeuvre.
The bronze is mounted on a marble base.
Dimension: 17 1/2" h.