Lot 109
  • 109

Professore Rossi Italian, second half 19th century

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
Sold
37,500 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Ruth
  • signed: Profre Rossi and inscribed: Galleria Bazzanti Firenze and with illegible inscriptions on the necklace
  • white marble, on a verde antico marble column
  • figure: 110cm., 43 5/8 in.
    column: 99cm., 39in. 

Literature

Illustrated, John Goodall, ‘Regency Revival’, Country Life, London, 10 February 2010, p. 63

Catalogue Note

Ruth was a popular subject among the genre sculptors active in Italy in the 19th century. A particularly famous depiction of the biblical heroine can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ruth Gleaning by American sculptor Randolph Rogers (inv. no. 99.7.1). The present marble compares particularly to the figures of Ruth by Pasquale Romanelli (1812-1887) and his son Raffaello (1856-1928); one such figure sold in these rooms as part of the Carbisdale Castle Collection on 20 May 2015, lot 9. 

However, although the present figure of Ruth is very closely related to the Romanelli model, the figure shows some deviations: the drapery and hair are slightly different, the figure wears a beaded necklace, and her pose seems slightly more provocative. In this way, the figure is reminiscent of a figure of an Odalisque by Antonio Rossetti (b. 1819), sold in these rooms on 16 December 2015, lot 29. 

The Old Testament figure Ruth was greatly romanticised during the 19th century. Shown with sheaves in both hands, Ruth is here depicted in the act of gleaning, the sculptor's attention to detail clearly visible in the highly realistic carving of the wheat and Ruth's garments and headdress. Considering the combination of motifs from both Romanelli's and Rosetti's work, and the inscription of the Galleria Bazzanti, it may be presumed that the sculptor of the present marble was a Florentine active in the second half of the 19th century, who had a particular affinity for genre sculpture. 

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell'ottocento e del primo novecento, Turin, 2003, pp. 781-2, 785. 

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