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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


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    Ippazio Antonio Bortone (Sculptor)
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    H 86 in. x Dm 24 in.

    H 218.44 cm x Dm 60.96 cm

  • Diameter
    24 in. (60.96 cm)
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    London, GB
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