1 of 11 images

Lifesize Italian 19th Century Marble Figure of Cleopatra by Eliseo Fattorini

About

Eliseo Tuderte Fattorini (Italian, 1830-1887). A very fine and lifesize Italian, 19th century marble figure of Cleopatra. The impressive 'quattro colori' (Four-Color) marble sculpture in white statuary Carrara, Brêche Verte, Violette de Seravezza and Grey Bardiglio Imperiale, a perfect example of The Aesthetic Movement Period (1860-1900) shows an alluringly standing and slender maiden leaning against an Assyrian winged bull (Assyrian Lamassu Guardian), her left hand holding an ostrich plume fan, her short ringlets held under a royal bird headdress, wearing palmette earrings, a necklace hanging across her breast, wearing a bejewelled bodice, her long skirt held by a jewelled belt with long fringed sash decorated with papyrus umbels, wearing leather sandals. Signed: E. Fattorini, Firenze, circa: Florence, 1880. Provenance: A private Mid-West collection. Measures: Sculpture height: 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm). Sculpture width: 38 inches (97 cm). Sculpture depth: 24 inches (61 cm). Pedestal height: 28 inches (71,1 cm). Pedestal swidth: 47 3/4 inches (121.3 cm). Pedestal depth: 30 inches (76.2 cm). Overall height: 97 inches (246.4 cm). This sculpture is illustrated in Maurice Rheims, 19th century sculpture, Thames and London Ltd., London, 1977, page 407. Another later example of this work, but entirely in white statuary Carrara marble and by Henri Emile Allouard (French, 1849-1929) was offered at Christie's London, 19th Century Sale Number 5017, Lot 264 on 15 July 1993 and was then re-offered at Christie's New York, Park Avenue, Property from the Collection of Lord and Lady White of Hull, Sale Number 8656, Lot 73, on 30 April 1997. It is interesting to note that on the later sale at Christie's New York, the cataloguer makes reference to the present work and assumes that Fattorini was a student at Allourd's Atelier writing: "Due to the popularity of the present work we can assume that Fattorini was a student in Allouard's atelier, commissioned to make a studio copy of this popular piece. Allouard was a frequent exhibitor at the Paris Salon from 1865-1928. He studied under Lequesne and Schanewerck and works by him are known in a variety of materials such as terracota, bronze, ivory, precious metals and marble. He exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and was awarded a gold medal there in 1900." - However, Allouard's work is a much simpler version of this work and entirely carved in plain white statuary Carrara marble, while Fattorini's work is more complex, carved in four different marbles. This fact and also the fact that Fattorini died in 1887 at age 57, when Allouard was just 38 years old, one must reject the notion that Fattorini was Allouard's student, but that it was actually the other way around.

Details

  • Creator
    Eliseo Tuderte Fattorini 1 (Sculptor)
  • In the Style Of
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent. Overall condition is excellent. A really beautifully carved sculpture with fine attention to detail, very impressive. It has always been kept indoors and has a great age-patina. Her left ring finger and her right hand and arm has had some restoration.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 69 in. x W 38 in. x D 24 in.

    H 175.26 cm x W 96.52 cm x D 60.96 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Ref.: A1768
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number
    LU179624435283

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2016
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Los Angeles, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Lifesize Italian 19th Century Specimen Marble B...
Italian Busts
Marble
A very fine and lifesize Italian, early 20th century specimen marble bust of a Greco Roman Warrior, probably Hercules, after the antique. The beautifully carved and impressive bust d...
Italian 18th-19th Century Group of Six Portrait...
Italian Decorative Art
Terracotta, Marble, Wood
A very fine Italian 18th/19th century group of six portrait reliefs of Roman Emperor profiles, four looking left and two looking right, carved in high relief glazed terracotta on ova...
Italian 19th Century Carved Carrara Marble and ...
Italian Planters and Jardinieres
Wrought Iron, Marble
A fine Italian 19th century carved Carrara marble and wrought iron wishing well head (It may also be used as a planter). The white marble cylinder surmounted with a parcel-gilt wroug...
Italian 19th Century Bronze Sculpture Group of ...
Italian Figurative Sculptures
Marble, Bronze
A fine and large Italian 19th century Greco Roman style brown patinated bronze sculpture group of a two-horse Roman Chariot and rider in a dark patina, raised on a fitted Verde d'alp...
You May Also Like
19th Century Viennese Nef of Silver and Enamel ...
Austrian Figurative Sculptures
Silver, Enamel, Paint
A large and important viennese nef or boat By Hermann Böhm Constructed in silver, bearing the maker’s marks, and exquisitely enamelled; the boat form nef, with a detachable ename...
Lifesize Italian Marble Bust of a Roman Warrior...
Italian Busts
Marble
This is a rare 18th century bust of a Roman warrior. Made with three different marbles in Italy. The harness he wears conforms to the canonical Roman muscled type, featuring an anato...
Large Pair of Giltwood Torchères, after Jacque...
Jacques Gondouin
French Torchères
Bronze, Giltwood
An important pair of monumental giltwood torchères, after the model by Jacques Gondoin for the hall of mirrors at the palace of Versailles. Each torchère has a concave sided bas...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries