FANCIULLA CHE SCRIVE (GIRL WRITING)
signed and dated: Gio Spertini. f / 1874
white marble, on a mottled grey marble base
64.5cm., 25⅜in. overall
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few chips, including to the edges of the lace at the proper left arm and the handkerchief. There is some light veining to the marble consistent with the material, including at the table top, the proper right thigh, and the proper right shoulder. One of the legs of the table is carved separately. A small section of the terrasse at the front is also carved separately with some dark residue at the joint.
Some small chips to the veined marble base.
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This superbly carved marble showcases the extraordinary skill of the Milanese sculptor Giovanni Spertini. Entitled Fanciulla che scrive, the model was exhibited at the Accademia di Brera in Milan in 1867, and later shown at the Exposition Universelle of 1878. The life-size marble, of which the present statuette is a reduction, is preserved in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan.
Giovanni Spertini studied at the Brera Academy under Benzoni, Labus and Magni. Specialising in genre subjects, he exhibited internationally, including in Munich (1869), Paris (1878) and Dublin (1865).
A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell’Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, p. 856