WORKSHOP OF LORENZO BARTOLINI (1777-1850)
ITALIAN, 19TH CENTURY
DIRCE, OR BACCHANTE
36 by 80cm., 14⅛ by 31½in.
Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is natural veining to the marble consistent with the material, including to the chest and back. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions to the marble. There are minor standard abrasions.
"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."
This beautiful marble is carved after one of Lorenzo Bartolini's most successful models, the Dirce or Bacchante (circa 1834) which is now in the musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no. RF 3605). The reduced scale of the present marble adds a precious quality, and the carving is particularly fine in the hair. The quality is very fine and is worthy of the Bartolini workshop.
F. Falletti, S. Bietoletti and A. Caputo (eds.), Lorenzo Bartolini: Beauty and Truth in Marble, exh. cat. Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, 2011, pp. 343-344, no. 65