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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi Volume II Session II

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 300

    A GROUP OF FOUR ITALIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE BUSTS, EMBLEMATIC OF THE SEASONS

    WORKSHOP OF GIOVANNI MARIA BENZONI (1808-1873), CIRCA 1850

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF FOUR ITALIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE BUSTS, EMBLEMATIC OF THE SEASONS
    WORKSHOP OF GIOVANNI MARIA BENZONI (1808-1873), CIRCA 1850
    Spring and Summer as females, Autumn and Winter as males, each on waisted circular socles, Spring with chipped nose
    Autumn: 29 in. (74 cm.) high
    Winter: 29 in. (74 cm.) high
    Spring: 26½ in. (67 cm.) high
    Summer: 26½ in. (67 cm.) high (4)


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    The busts of the Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni), personified by flower-wreathed Flora, corn-wreathed Ceres, vine-wreathed Bacchus and a well-wrapped male, were executed by the Rome-based sculptor Giovanni Maria Benzoni (d.1873). Photographs of his 'Seasons' inscribed as being executed for Princess Olga of Russia (d.1892), feature in the G.M. Benzoni photographic 'Album' sold Christie's South Kensington, 19 October 1995, (lot 59). It is intriguing to speculate that this might refer to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (September 11, 1822 - October 30, 1892), daughter of Nicholas I of Russia and Queen Charlotte of Prussia. In 1846 she married Charles I of Würtemburg at the Peterhof Palace in Russia and became Queen Consort of Würtemburg. Benzoni was patronised by many Russian aristocrats and provided sculpture for St. Petersburg's Imperial Theatre. A favoured sculptor of Pope Pius IX, he was chosen to represent the Vatican at the Antwerp International Exhibition.

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    Provenance

    Possibly those executed by Benzoni for Grand Duchess Olga of Russia (d.1892).