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


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.


  • Creator
    Eliseo Tuderte Fattorini 1 (Sculptor)
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  • 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
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