ATTRIBUTED TO GIOVANNI BONAZZA (1654-1736), NORTHERN ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY | PAIR OF RELIEFS WITH BUSTS OF WOMEN
ATTRIBUTED TO GIOVANNI BONAZZA (1654-1736)
NORTHERN ITALIAN, 18TH CENTURY
PAIR OF RELIEFS WITH BUSTS OF WOMEN
marble, on black marble bases
reliefs: 32cm., 12⅝in. each
42cm., 16½in. each overall
Overall the condition of the marbles is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some attractive staining to the marble to the hair and around the crevices. There are a few minor chips and abrasions to some of the high points and around the edges. There are a few very small naturally occurring inclusions to the marble, including to the top of the nose and neck of the woman facing to her right. There are a few minor rust-coloured marks to the edges of both reliefs. There are some residues to the top of the head of the woman facing to her right. The reliefs are attached to the bases with iron mounts at the back. The bases are in good condition with minor general wear, including a few nicks and small chips.
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The present female heads, with broad straight noses, round faces, and slightly pursed, full lips, show a facial type which is very close to works associated with Filippo Parodi and his workshop. Compare, for instance, to a Primavera in the Villa Pisani (op. cit. fig. 50), which further shows similar carefully delineated strands of hair. The slight tilt of the head also compares, as does a bust sold at Christie's London, from the circle of Parodi, 12 December 2002, lot 36.
S. Guerriero, 'Le alterne fortune dei marmi: busti, teste di carattere e altre "scolture moderne" nelle collezioni veneziane tra Sei e Settecento', in G. Pavanello (ed.), La Scultura Veneta del Seicento e del Settecento: Nuovi Studi, Venice, 2002, pp. 73-150