Important 19th Century Signed Carved White Marble Grand Tour Classical Figure

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Important and extremely rare 19th century carved marble figure of young Roman God Bacchus (also known as Dionysus in Greek) as autumn by Professore Giuseppe Lazzerini, circa 1862.

The rarity and attention to detail on this wonderful carved and impressive piece cannot be overstated. The figure of the young Bacchus standing head tilted slightly forward and downward seemingly in reflective thought with ribbon tied around his neck, dressed in a robe draped with right shoulder and arm free, tied with a sash at the waist, carrying grapes with their vine leaves in his right hand, lifting his robe & the grapes attached to the vine branch in his left hand, standing in front of a naturalistically carved cut vine base, signed PROF. GIUSEPPE LAZZERINI. It is without question one of the finest examples you will see.

Giuseppe Lazzerini the Younger (Italian 1831-1895), as you know, was a celebrated Carrarese sculptor. He was a member of an esteemed family of sculptors that ran a marble workshop in Carrara over multiple generations from 1670-1942. He joined the Accademia di Belle Arti in 1848, during which time he was taught by Ferdinando Pelliccia. In 1853, after winning a scholarship for his marble relief of Patroclus Slaying Sarpedon, he moved to Rome and studied under Pietrò Tenerani. Lazzerini returned to Carrara shortly after 1859 to work in his family’s studio in the Corso Rosselli which later he took control of after the death of his half-brother, Alessandro, in 1862. After a distinguished career, the Carrara Academy appointed him as the Director from 1889 to 1893 and then an Honorary Professor in 1894. Lazzerini’s catalogue of works includes his own diverse array of subjects and also works in the style of other sculptors both in Italy and abroad. His work clearly reflects the powerful influences of Neoclassicism from his mentor Tenerani, who had been influenced by his teachers Bartolini and Thorwaldsen. In this present work Tenerani’s tutelage is visible, seen both in regards to the refined and sophisticated techniques Lazzerini used and in the young attractive Bacchus as the subject he chose. This original piece represented ‘‘autumn'' of his ''Figures of the Seasons'' work created in 1862.

Bacchus (whose Greek name was Dionysus), as depicted here as a young boy was, as you know, the Roman God of wine, revels, joy and drama. He was the son of Jupiter (whose Greek name was Zeus) the King of the Roman Gods (Zeus King of the Greek Gods) and Semele, the daughter of Cadmus. The name Bacchus derives from ''bacca'' meaning berry. Bacchus was the personification of the blessings of nature in general. The name of his festival was ''Bacchanalia'' which has since been used to refer to any forms of drunken revelry. He is revered to bring good luck and good fortune.

This masterpiece is a true work of art and is museum quality.

Approximate size:

Figure height 33.75 inches.

Figure width 15.75 inches.
Professore Giuseppe Lazzerini (Sculptor)
Of the Period
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
circa 1862
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Carved   Statuary Marble
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
33.75 in. H x 15.75 in. W x 15.75 in. D
86 cm H x 40 cm W x 40 cm D
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
Reference Number
Nicholas Wells Antiques Ltd
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207 Regent Street
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