signed and dated: C.LAPINI / FIRENZE 1900
Overall the condition of the marble is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor natural veining to the marble consistent with the material, including to the proper right arm. There is a small chip to top edge of the proper right wing. There are some old sticker residues to the base and there is some dirt to the crevices.
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.
Exemplary of Lapini's oeuvre, the present Psyche reflects the sculptor's interest in allegorical figures. Considered one of the most celebrated Neoclassical models in Italy, the Abandoned Psyche has been copied and reinterpreted by numerous artists during the 19th century. The sculpture shows Psyche in a moment of true sorrow, where she is abandoned by Cupid for not honouring their sacred pact. Lapini remains truthful to the classic representation of the Abandoned Psyche, usually portrayed sitting on a rock with an empty gaze. However, the sculptor makes a small variation by bringing a hand to her cheek, enhancing Psyche’s feeling of loss.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori italiani, Turin, 2003, p. 513