Lot 43
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GIULIO TADOLINI | Bust of an Egyptian and Bust of a Moor

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
62,500 GBP
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  • Giulio Tadolini
  • Bust of an Egyptian and Bust of a Moor 
  • bronze, gilt and dark brown patina, on veined red marble columns
  • Moor: 73cm., 28¾in.
    Egyptian: 68.5cm., 27in.
    columns: 125cm., 49¼in. 

Catalogue Note

This magnificent pair of busts were conceived by Giulio Tadolini, grandson of the celebrated student of Canova, Adamo Tadolini. For four generations, the Tadolini family occupied a renowned studio on the Via del Babuino, Rome, and they were one of the most prolific producers of sculpture for almost 150 years. Educated at the Academy of Art, in Rome, Giulio took over the studio after the death of his father in 1892.

Known as well for his Orientalist themes, Tadolini followed the style of other sculptors, such as Charles Cordier and Pietro Calvi, who sensitively explored these themes, often enhancing their busts with gilt and silvered bronze. The present models were conceived circa 1880 and are described by Hufschmidt as Testa di Moro (Head of a Moor) and Testa di Egizianza (Head of an Egyptian). The beautifully conceived drapery highlighted with gilt adornments shows a clear debt to Cordier. A similar pair sold for £82,850 at Christie's on 2 July 2008, lot 98. The present busts have beautiful, possibly contemporary, marble columns.

T. F. Hufschmidt, Tadolini: Adamo, Scipione, Giulio, Enrico. Quattro generazioni di scultori a Roma nei secoli XIX e XX, Rome, 1996, pp. 107, 218, 244, no. G2