AFTER PRINCE PAUL TROUBETZKOY (1866-1938)
AMERICAN, CIRCA 1920S-1940S
BUST OF ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957)
inscribed: Paul Troubetzkoy / 1925, and: Carlo S[...]ola / fuse, and: P, and with the © symbol
Overall the condition of the plaster is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age, including dust in the crevices. There are some chips to the bottom of the bust at the front. Original casting lines are visible at the sides.
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Acquired from the estate of Victor Anthony De Meo (1882-1947), Yonkers, NY
Toscanini took frequent vacations in Pallanza on Lake Maggiore, which was Troubetzkoy's hometown. The original plaster version of Troubetzkoy's bust of the legendary conductor is in the Museo del Paesaggio in Verbania Pallanza. Based on this, the bronze Monument to Toscanini was cast and erected in the gardens of the Kursaal in Pallanza. The present plaster may have been cast after another bronze version. It was acquired from the American studio of the Italian-born sculptor Victor Anthony De Meo (1882-1947).
P. H. Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, Madison, 1985, p. 159; Paolo Troubetzkoy: scultore, Intra, 1988, pp. 90-91; S. Rebora (ed.), Paolo Troubetzkoy: I ritratti, exh. cat. Palazzo Verbania, Luino and Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, Vira Gambarogno, Canton Ticino, 1998, no. 38