BACCHUS WITH A PANTHER
signed and dated: F. GNACCARINI. F. / ROMA. 1853.
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The marble has been outdoors for a period of time and there is a degree of loss of surface detail due to weathering. The proper left arm is reattached below the shoulder and at the wrist. The proper left little finger is restored. The proper right little finger and the finger next to it are restored. The panther’s tail is reattached in several places. There is minor natural veining to the marble consistent with the material, including at the legs. There is a stable slightly open vein in the grapes held in the proper right hand. There are minor chips particularly at the edges of the base. There is a chip to the proper left big toe. There are minor abrasions including to the upper back. There are a few minor dirt marks including to the upper back.
"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."
A. Crielesi, 'Filippo Gnaccarini, "Scultore Romano", Note per un Catalogo', in Strenna dei
Romanisti, Rome, 2017, p. 156
A Roman follower of Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen, Filippo Gnaccarini is a rare sculptor on the market today. His important marble group, Baccanale, was sold at Sotheby's New York on 5 May 1999 (lot 70). The present marble exemplifies Gnaccarini's neoclassical style and his interest in Bacchic subjects. It is perhaps surprising that Gnaccarini also executed numerous religious works for Roman churches, including statues in the Basilicas of San Paolo and San Giovanni in Laterano. He was further responsible for the allegorical statue of La Primavera in Piazza del Popolo in Rome.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, p. 440