This is beautiful antique white and grey marble shoulder length bust of Iullette, a beautiful maiden, by Professore Giuseppe Bessi, circa 1900 in date.
Her dress with chased detail, her hair brought together in a simple cap and raised on a simple canted rectangular plinth base.
The attention to detail throughout the piece is second to none, the bust is extremely lifelike and it issigned on the reverse G.Bessi.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 34 x Width 34 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 8 inches
Our reference: 07584
Professore Giuseppe Bessi(1857-1922)-Bessi studied at theAcademy of Fine ArtsinFlorence.In 1879 he founded his own workshop in Volterra and manufactured mainlybustsandstatuesofalabaster,marbleandonyx. He also created some bronze statues andstatuettes.He was one of the most important representatives of Italian Salon sculpture.In his works he combined forms ofneoclassicismandArt Nouveau.
He was from 1891 to 1910 director at the Art School of Volterra and taught there until his death.This facility is considered the world's only art school for Alabaster Art.It was founded, as natural alabaster has been mined and processed near Volterra since the sixth century BC.
The Alabaster artworks by Bessi were exhibited in theworld exhibitionsinParis,TurinandSt.Louisand won many awards.His works were distributed internationally with great economic success.The sculptures were shipped to America and formed part of numerous private collections that have provided the exhibits of many museums. In addition to sculptures Bessi also designed commodities such as chess setsmade ??of alabaster andonyxand lamps.
Major museums have today works by Bessi in their collections, among them, theSt.Petersburg Hermitage. The largest collection of his work is in the Museum of Volterra, theEcomuseo dell'Alabastro.
In recognition of his achievements, a street was named after him in Florence.
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