PAOLO DI FERDINANDO TRISCORNIA
AL CIRCO (AT THE CIRCUS)
signed: Paolo Triscornia di ferdo
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are several restored breaks to the woman's baton and another at the proper left little finger. There are a few small chips, including to the tied sash at the back. There is an area of abrasion with silverish residue at the proper right shoulder blade. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions, including at the proper right arm and the proper left forearm (the latter with some discoloured fill). There are a few further filled inclusions at the back and to the hat. Minor natural veining, including at the proper right thigh.
"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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Paolo di Ferdinando Triscornia added the 'di Ferdinando' to his name to distinguish himself from another sculptor with the same name, active in Carrara (d. 1907). Paolo was a descendant of another Paolo Triscornia (1757-1833), the Neoclassical sculptor who worked in Saint Petersburg for most of his career. A major sculpture by the present Paolo Triscornia, a narrative marble of Thomas Campbell's poem, Lord Ullin's Daughter, was sold at Sotheby's London, November 13, 2007, lot 73 (£102,500). The present exuberant marble fits well within Triscornia's oeuvre of genre sculptures, and shows particular skill in the distinction of the different textures of the marble, particularly the wicker basket, the girl's tights and the embroidery on her tunic.
S. Berresford (ed.), "Sognando il marmo", Cultura e commercio del marmo tra Carrara, Gran Bretagna e Impero (1820-1920 circa), Pisa, 2009, p. 111, figs. 111 and 130