Known as well for his Orientalist themes, Tadolini followed the style of other sculptors, such as Charles Cordier and Pietro Calvi, who sensitively explored these themes, often enhancing their busts with gilt and silvered bronze. The present models were conceived circa 1880 and are described by Hufschmidt as Testa di Moro (Head of a Moor) and Testa di Egizianza (Head of an Egyptian). The beautifully conceived drapery highlighted with gilt adornments shows a clear debt to Cordier. A similar pair sold for £82,850 at Christie's on 2 July 2008, lot 98. The present busts have beautiful, possibly contemporary, marble columns.
T. F. Hufschmidt, Tadolini: Adamo, Scipione, Giulio, Enrico. Quattro generazioni di scultori a Roma nei secoli XIX e XX, Rome, 1996, pp. 107, 218, 244, no. G2
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