A Florentine artist of superb skill, Antonio Frilli belonged to a tradition of distinguished Italian carvers that included Pietro Bazzanti, Cesare Lapini and Cesare Fantacchiotti. His successful workshop in Florence produced sculptures in marble and alabaster, concentrating on elegant compositions and decorative works for the international market, which provided Frilli’s main clientele. The sculptor and his studio also produced copies after both antique and contemporary sculpture, such as the Venus de’Medici
(sold Sotheby’s London, 16 December 2015, lot 1) and Antonio Canova’s Three Graces
. Frilli is first recorded as exhibiting at the Esposizione Nazionale di Roma
in 1883, after which he exhibited in Glasgow (1888) and Paris (1889). The present marble is emblematic of Frilli's oeuvre of highly decorative female nudes.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. 1, pp. 377, 416