1 of 6 images

Carved Marble Statue of 'Mary and Her Little Lamb’ by Professor Antonio Bortone


Carved in a virtuoso manner and ability, the white Carrara statuary marble, of monumental size, depicts ‘Mary’, bonneted, and dressed in the style of an Italian farmer’s daughter, happily laughing at her lamb nibbling at the leaves of cavolo nero (Italian kale) in her woven basket. The statue sits upon an octagonal green marble base, waisted, and carved with flowers. Signed by the maker ‘Prof. A. Bortone’. Italian. Provenance The Wilson Family of Dale House, Bladford Forum, Dorset, and thence by descent to the late W.H. Wilson, Town Clerk of Blandford Forum. Antonio Ippazio Bortone Born in Ruffano, southern Italy, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, and after his training, appointed resident teacher; this honour was accorded to him, by the Academies of Florence & Lecce: knighted by both King Umberto the First, and King Emmanuel the Third, after Bortone’s bust of this King was installed in the National Parliament; chivalric orders were granted, including the Order of Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro, and Order to the Crown of Italy; at the 1887 Paris Exhibition, his Fanfulla di Lodi received great acclaim by the critics, and a Gold medal. Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti., Milan 1994 Benezit, Editions Grὕnd, Re-edited 2010


  • Creator
    Ippazio Antonio Bortone (Sculptor)
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
  • Dimensions

    H 86 in.

    H 218.44 cm

  • Diameter
    24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Seller reference number
  • Reference number

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

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2012
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in London, GB
The British Antique Dealers' Association
LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller

19th Century Italian Marble Statue ‘Amor Della ...

Cesare Lapini

Italian Figurative Sculptures

Carrara Marble, Marble

Standing on a turned Verte de Mer circular pedestal, the subject, sculpted in white Carrara marble, the ‘Love of the land’ Cupid emerges from a sylvan cocoon, adorned with foliage an...


Bronze Statue of Two Figures at the Beach, ‘At ...

French Figurative Sculptures


‘At Trouville’ by Ernest Rancoulet The finely cast and planished bronze young female figures, dressed in bathing costumes play ‘saute-mouton’, with a straw hat in the sand. Sign...


Carved Wooden Black Forest Group of an Eagle an...

Arnold Ruef

Swiss Animal Sculptures


The naturalistically carved walnut group of an eagle, with glass eyes, stands aloft from its prey, a chamois with red tinted highlights and stands on an elliptical plinth. Perhaps by...

NaN / set

Lifesize Mannequins of Laurel and Hardy

European Historical Memorabilia

Fiberglass, Plaster

Mannequins of The Great Laurel and Hardy "Another Fine shop you've got me into!!" The son of a British showman, Stan Laurel had been raised in British music halls. In 1910 he m...

You May Also Like

Polychrome Painted Wood Carved Figure of Mary a...

German Figurative Sculptures

Wall hanging, excellent detail came from a collection in Germany.


Art Deco Bronze Diana the Huntress and Hounds b...

Arthur Bock

German Figurative Sculptures


A striking example of the German aesthetic during the Art Deco period. Diana the huntress, horn in hand leading the hounds to the hunt. A rich almost black patina is in place almost...


18th Century French Carved Giltwood and Polychr...

French Religious Items


This beautiful, antique sculpture of the Virgin Mary was created in France, circa 1760. Embellished with the original luxurious gold leaf and polychrome finish, the traditional relig...

NaN / set

19th Century French Carved Walnut Virgin Mary S...

French Religious Items


This large, three-piece statue of Madonna with child was found in a private chapel in France, and was crafted, circa 1870. The intricate fruit wood sculpture features the Virgin Mary...


antique wooden carved statue of a shepherd

German Sculptures and Carvings


a large antique wooden carved statue of a shepherd, probably from a crib. hollow carved wood, handpainted. paint partly later.


French Antique Reliquary with a Statue of Mary ...

French Religious Items


This is an absolutely gorgeous 18th century French reliquary which includes relics of four martyrs in a wooden pyramid shaped case with three glass panes. It features an altar with c...


Large Carved Marble Garden Statue


Carved marble garden statue, almost life size.


Polished Modernist Chrome and Marble Mary Premi...

Mary Gardner Preminger

American Abstract Sculptures

Chrome, Marble

This fabulous double U shaped abstract sculpture by the noted artist Mary Preminger is so modernist. It transcends time. It is chrome on a black marble base. It was executed in 1968....