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Andrea Lazzoni
A. Lazzoni, Italian 17th Century Baroque White Carrara Marble Putti Sculptures

1680 circa

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If these two cherubs, each masterfully sculpted in a single block of pure white Carrara marble, could speak they would surely have many incredible stories to tell. They could begin to tell the life of the sculptor who created them, who worked for the most important families of the Italian noble courts of his time and for the ecclesiastics of the Vatican and whose father was a collaborator of Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1647 to 1660, up to their very important provenance connected with the Agnelli family and to their presence on a movie set in 1977. This stunning pair of museum-quality Roman Baroque period white Carrara marble chubby faced cherubs, are both signed on the base AL. Carrarien (Andrea Lazzoni). Each putto figure is sculpted in the round. They are both extremely detailed winged cupids with very natural and truthful facial expressions and an awesome sense of motion due to their position and the movement of the drapes. The figurative sculptures are enriched with architectural details, both winged cherubs are represented standing next to two urn shaped vases one holds in his hand a heart and the other a cupid’s dart. Each cherub sculpture is made from a single block of pure and solid white Carrara marble in fact the oval base where they rest is part of the sculpture itself. It is likely that the sculptures were executed in Rome under ecclesiastical patron. The importance of Rome as a center of attraction of artists from Carrara has been known since mid-16th Century. The connection between Rome and the Tuscan town, famous for its precious marble, continues throughout the 17th Century. In that time, Rome was the most popular artistic centre, that’s why along with raw materials, even the artists moved from Carrara to Rome. Andrea Lazzoni was one of the most famous among these artists. Andrea Lazzoni was a very well known sculptor. The Lazzoni have been sculptors for generations. Andrea’s father, Giovanni, was the official artist at the Este Court and he was also involved in several Vatican’s churches works. In 1647 Giovanni moved to Rome to work with Gian Lorenzo Bernini, helping him in the decoration of the pillars of St. Peter's in the Vatican. Giovanni Lazzoni was such an appreciated artist that he remained in Rome until 1660 where he acquired other important commissions. Andrea and his brother Tommaso have followed in their father’s footsteps. Andrea was appreciated both by the nobility and by the highest ecclesiastics of his time. He sculpted several works of art for the House of Este, one of the most powerful European princely dynasty, in the dukedom of Modena. This little but very influential State existed from 1452 to 1859. Andrea worked also in the city of Lucca, near Florence, for the noble Mansi Family and in several churches and Cathedral all over Italy and in the Vatican city. Two marble groups featuring the Greek mythological characters Enea and Anchise and a sculpture featuring the allegory of the Time are preserved at the Civic collections of the Sforza Castle in Milan. Andrea’s son became a sculptor too, continuing the tradition of master sculptors for the third generation Our puttos are signed “AL. Carrarien” that means Andrea Lazzoni from the city of Carrara. These sculptures are very similar to those in the altarpiece of Massa’s Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, sculpted by Andrea Lazzoni and his brother Tommaso between 1688–1691. Our sculptures are also very similar to the ones that framed the Pinturicchio’s fresco in SS. Sacramento Chapel in the Cathedral of Massa a city near Carrara. This pair of Carrara marble sculptures was also part of the furnishings of a Movie Set. The film’s title is “Nel nome del Papa Re” directed by Luigi Magni in 1977 starring Nino Manfredi, a very famous Italian actor of the days of the Dolce Vita, who plays the role of Monsignor Colombo from Priverno. This film was set in Rome in 1867 and deals with the theme of the holy inquisition. Most of the scenes were shot in the villages around the Tuscan countryside. You can see these sculptures in several scenes since they were part of the furnishings in the house of the Monsignor, the main protagonist, and these sculptures made the most of them on a 17th Century refectory table. The sculptures are in perfect condition commensurate with use and age, they have a beautiful original patina. These cherubs are a high end antique fine art sculpture and rich in history. The pair is a great statement eye-catching piece of art that would make the most of it both on a baroque period table as in the movie and in our photos or on a Louis XVI console as in some of our pictures. Their classic beauty is enhanced with any type of furniture both classic and contemporary. The sculptures are a center piece they would be the rare and exceptional fine art item to expose on a pair of columns to be admired from every angle as we suggest in our pictures. Bibliography: Sui Lazzoni cfr. Cristiano Giometti, s. v. Lazzoni, Giovanni, [in:] DBI, vol. LXIV, Roma 2005, pp. 255–258. G. Campori, Memorie biografiche degli scultori, architetti, pittori ecc…nativi di Carrara e di altri luoghi della provincia di Massa, Modena 1873, pag. 144 F. Federici, La diffusione della “prattica romana”: il cardinale Alderano Cybo e le chiese di Massa (1640-1700), published in “Atti e Memorie della Deputazione di Storia Patria per le antiche Provincie Modenesi”, s. XI – v. XXV, 2003, pp. 315-389 Provenance: Ferruccio Buratti Antiques Collection. Professor Buratti's art collection was located in his various properties in Tuscan and Piedmont: Villa Bianca in Versilia, in his home in Fiesole, in the hills near Florence and in his home in Turin. Mr. Buratti was administrator of Agnelli's assets, tutor of Giovanni and friend of the whole Agnelli family. Measures: Height 55 cm, Width 40 cm, depth 20 cm. Please find out our special Flat rate shipping quote that includes professional packaging, wood crate, insurance and door to door consignment.

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  • Artist
    Andrea Lazzoni (1638, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    1680 circa
  • Medium
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  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition minor wear consistent with age and use, beautiful original patina.
  • Dimensions
    H 21.66 in. x W 15.75 in. x D 7.88 in.H 55 cm x W 40 cm x D 20 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Firenze, IT
  • Reference Number
    LU101114291661
  • Seller Reference Number
    Galleria Antonio Esposito di Chiara Esposito
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