AN ITALIAN MARBLE BUST OF A GODDESS, AFTER THE ANTIQUE, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
wearing a tunic falling from her right shoulder and leaving the breast bare, her separately-carved head turned sharply to her left, her centrally parted hair radiating from the crown, tied in a fillet, bound in a chignon at the back, and arranged in a top-knot, both ends of the fillet falling over the nape of her neck.
Height 53 cm.
Grimani Collection, Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa, Venice
by descent to Michele Grimani (1806-1885), Venice, 1820s
Antonio Sanquirico, Venice, by 1831
reputedly sold at Spencers of Retford, sale of Panton Hall, Lincolnshire, 1978/9
Antonio Sanquirico, Monumenti del Museo Grimani, Venice, 1831, pl. 42: “Crispina. Busto di Marmo Pentelico del Museo Grimani di Venezia. Alto Cent.i 53.”
Sotheby’s, London, July 8th, 2011, no. 106, illus.