ROMEO AND JULIET
signed: F. Vichi
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is natural veining to the marble consistent with the material. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions to the marble. There are particular chips and abrasions around the edges and corners of the base (some small losses to the corners). The tip of Romeo’s proper left foot is reattached. One of the corners of Romeo’s hat is carved separately and an original joint is slightly visible. There is some minor reddish staining by the signature. Minor chips and abrasions to the finials of Juliet’s tiara. The bottom tip of his sword is reattached with original pieces.
"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."
"Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow."
Romeo and Juliet's famous farewell at the balcony proved highly popular among Italian genre sculptors. A charming literary subject that appealed to an international clientele, it also provided ample opportunity for marble carvers to show off their skills, not only in the figures' intricate Renaissance dress, but in the technical challenge posed by the rope supporting Romeo. Vichi's version of the subject is similar to those of his fellow Florentine sculptors Pasquale Romanelli and Antonio Frilli.