1848 - 1893
CUPID IN DISGUISE
signed: C. Lapini.
The surface of the marble is a little dry, and it is possible that the marble was placed outdoors for some time. Otherwise the condition is good, with minor further wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age. There is a well-concealed restoration to the proper left big toe. There are a few small chips, including to the drapery around the proper right arm and some of the leaves. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions, including below the proper right eye. There is minor natural veining to the marble, notably to the torso and proper left thigh. Some minor orange marks, including to the drapery below the proper right shoulder and to the abdomen. Some yellowish staining to the terrasse.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Established in Florence, Cesare Lapini had a successful career as a sculptor of elaborately carved contemporary subjects, which included figures of beautiful young women and various types of genre sculpture. His genre sculpture frequently featured mythological subjects and allegories, often depicted through means of charming putti - refer, for instance, to his Amor della Terra sold in these rooms, 16 December 2015, lot 39 and Amor del Mare, sold at Christie's New York, 26 October 2004, lot 353. In the present lot, Cupid, depicted as a putto, is readying an arrow behind his back. Pulling a drape over his upper body, it appears he is disguising himself, hiding while contemplating his next amorous victim.