A pair of Italian patinated bronze and carved marble busts

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Lot 366
A pair of Italian patinated bronze and carved marble busts

Sold for US$ 44,812 inc. premium
A pair of Italian patinated bronze and carved marble busts
Pietro Calvi (Italian, 1833-1884)
19th century

Depicting a male and a female Arab, each draped in a carved marble headdress, the bearded male, his gaze slightly lowered, the female gazing right, her earrings inset with a turquoise cabochon (one lacking), raised on a cast rectangular socle with canted angles, inscribed Calvi Milano.
height of tallest 22½in (57cm)

Footnotes

  • Pietro Calvi, born in Milan, studied at the Accademia and later under sculptor Giovanni Seleroni. While Calvi worked in both marble and bronze, his most recognizable works are found in his combination of the two mediums, as in the above offered lot.
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