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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Emmanuel Villanis
1858-1914
FRENCH
SEATED BOY 
signed: E. Villani and inscribed: Galleria / P. Bazzanti / Florence
white marble
92cm., 36 1/4 in. 
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Catalogue Note

Villanis was born to Italian parents in Lille in 1858 but was not to become a naturalised French citizen until 1910. It is probably for this reason that he signed 'Villani', since it could be interpreted as either the Italian 'Villani' or the French 'Villanis'. A pupil of Odoardo Tabacchi, he exhibited at the Brera in Milan before moving to Paris for good by 1886. Villanis' output focused on busts, and the present work is a rare larger marble of a full figure; the model is also known in bronze reductions. 

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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