signed: C. LAPINI / FIRENZE
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The surface is in excellent condition. There are a few well-concealed reattachments: at the proper left wrist, two fingers of the proper left hand, three fingers of the proper right hand, and to the handle of the fan. There is a small natural inclusion at the proper right thigh and another (with white fill) at the proper left armpit. There is minor residue beside the inscription at the bottom. A minor natural vein above the proper right knee. Some white residue between the toes of the proper right foot.
"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."
Lapini was a sculptor specialising in allegorical and genre subjects and models all'Antica, which he sold with great success from his Florence workshop to an elite global clientele. Lapini achieved outstanding effects of surface texture in his marble compositions with daring elaboration of painting and undercutting. The present marble is a fine example of his carving skill, visible especially in the Odalisca's luxurious fan.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori italiani, Turin, 2003, p. 513