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    Sale 2250

    The Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Greenfield Collection of Porcelain, Russian Enamels and 19th Century Decorative Art

    20 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF RUTH, ON PEDESTAL

    BY GIOVANNI BATTISTA LOMBARDI, ROME, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF RUTH, ON PEDESTAL
    BY GIOVANNI BATTISTA LOMBARDI, ROME, CIRCA 1880
    Signed GB Lombardi Rome, on a rotating marble columnar pedestal
    The figure: 37½ in. (95 cm.) high; The pedestal: 16 in. (40.5 cm.) high


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    A student of the Accademia in Rome under the direction of Piètro Tenerani, a pupil of Thorvaldsen, Lombardi established a celebrated career producing large religious and allegorical subjects. Much like his figures of Susanna and Ruth in lots 219 and 220, the artist heavily favored individual female subjects, including Deborah and Rebecca. However, Susanna and Ruth are among the artist's most recognizable works and his studio produced the figures on a number of occasions. A single figure of Ruth was sold at Sotheby's New York, 18 April 2008, lot 243 ($133,000) and a pair at Sotheby's New York, 27 April 2006, lot 209 ($102,000).

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note, Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli, the author of a catalogue raisonné of the works of Giovanni Battista Lombardi, has requested authorization to include this sculpture in a supplement to the catalogue raisonné. Kindly contact a member of the 19th Century Decorative Art department for futher information.