A NEO-CLASSICAL STATUARY MARBLE TAZZA ON PEDESTAL ATTRIBUTED TO LORENZO BARTOLINI
The shallow dish shaped bowl is under carved with a continuous bead and reel motif and supported on a substantial baluster shaped pedestal delicately carved in shallow relief with palmettes, rosettes and curling tendrils above further classical mouldings leading to a fluted socle on a square base.
A segment of the bowl has been carefully restored.
Height: 43 ½” (110.5 cms)
Width: 34 ½” (88 cms)
Many of the classical devices incorporated in the outstandingly well executed carving can be seen in a column that supports a tazza at Scone Palace, Perthshire and a column sold by Christies London, lot 9 on 24th May 2007 also from Scone. Both of these pedestals were known to have been carved by Bartolini.
Lorenzo Bartolini ( Prato 1777- Florence 1850)
Patronised by Napoleon Bonaparte who sent him to Carrara to set up a workshop and produce images of the Emperor’s family both for political and private use, he became Europe’s leading sculptor after the death of Canova.