signed: A. FRILLI / FIRENZE
59 by 42cm., 23¼ by 16½in.
Overall the condition of the marble is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is natural veining to the marble 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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A Florentine artist of superb skill, Antonio Frilli belonged to a tradition of distinguished Italian carvers that included Pietro Bazzanti, Cesare Lapini and Cesare Fantacchiotti. His successful workshop in Florence produced sculptures in marble and alabaster, concentrating on elegant compositions and decorative works for the international market, which provided Frilli’s main clientele. Frilli is first recorded as exhibiting at the Esposizione Nazionale di Roma in 1883, after which he exhibited in Glasgow (1888) and Paris (1889). The present marble is emblematic of Frilli's oeuvre of highly decorative female nudes.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. 1, pp. 377, 416