ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY
BUST OF THE VIRGIN
white marble, on a black marble socle
49cm., 19¼in. overall
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is veining to the marble, consistent with the material, including to the proper left cheek, the hair and veil on the proper left side, and the veil at the centre at the top of the head. There is speckling to the marble in particular to the throat and to the chest. There are a few marks possibly caused by oxidised metal, including to the hair at the proper right ear and to the inside of the veil. There are a few minor chips and abrasions, in particular to the edges and high points.
The black marble socle is in good condition overall, with some minor chips and losses to the edges and corners.
"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 serene bust of the Virgin bears some similarities to the work of the North Italian 18th-century sculptors Giuseppe (1675-1735) and Paolo Groppelli (1677-1751) who produced a series of religious architectural sculpture in the Veneto and, further afield, mythological statues for the Summer Garden in Saint Petersburg.