A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell' Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, t. II, Torino, 2003, p. 584.
Giovanni Mollica founded a ceramic workshop in 1842 in Naples, via Santa Lucia. In 1862 his sons Ciro, Achille and Alexander took over the family business and continued its activity until the end of the century.
Good condition overall with minor surface dirt and chips to the high points, particularly to the edges of the bases, consistent with age and handling. The bust of Tiberio has been reattached with a joint visible below the cartouch. There are more consistent chips along the edges of the base of Ottone's bust with a lack to the back of the base.
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