GIOVANNI MARIA BENZONI
LA SPERANZA (ALLEGORY OF HOPE)
signed and dated: G. M. BENZONI. F. ROMA. A. 1857.
white marble, on a revolving veined grey and pink marble base
figure: 66cm., 26in.
base: 23.5cm., 9¼in.
Overall the condition of the marble is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The surface is a little dry. There are a few small restorations, including to two tips of the anchor, to a swathe of drapery on the proper right side, and to the star on the head. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions, including to the shaft of the anchor. There are small chips to the edges of the base. There are some open veins to the pinkish stone of the base, consistent with the material.
"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.
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When Benzoni exhibited the original life-size marble of Hope at the 1862 International Exhibition, his work, and that of his compatriots, was described by one reviewer as belonging to the 'school of Italian Romance'. This softened form of neo-classicism appealed to a new audience who thronged to the ever increasing international exhibitions. The treatment of Benzoni's Speranza epitomises this genre.