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    Sale 12187


    10 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 118


    Shooting Stars

    Price Realised  


    Shooting Stars
    signed Prof. V. Caradossi, on an associated dark green marble pedestal
    The group: 50 ¼ in. (127.6 cm.) high
    The pedestal: 39 ¼ in. (99.7 cm.) high
    Circa 1900.

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    Born in 1861, Vittorio Caradossi studied under Augusto Rivalta (d. 1925) at the Accademia di Belle Arti and was later commissioned to execute a number of public monuments. Though he is most remembered for his celebrated statue of the Renaissance artist Desiderio da Settignano, the model for which was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, the artist specialized in depictions of celestial and ethereal nudes, such as the present group of intertwined nymphs. Here Caradossi, a virtuoso marble-carver, effortlessly achieves uninhibited movement in this exceptionally balanced work, which is hewn from a single block of Carrara marble. A slightly larger example of this popular work was sold at Sotheby's, New York, 8 November 2013, lot 114 ($689,000).