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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE TITLED ‘VANERELLA’, ON PEDESTAL
AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE TITLED ‘VANERELLA’, ON PEDESTAL
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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE TITLED ‘VANERELLA’, ON PEDESTAL

BY FRANCESCO BARZAGHI, MILAN, CIRCA 1870

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AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE TITLED ‘VANERELLA’, ON PEDESTAL
BY FRANCESCO BARZAGHI, MILAN, CIRCA 1870
Signed FRAN. BARZAGHI. MILANO, on a columnar grey veined marble revolving pedestal
The figure: 47 in. (119.4 cm.) high
The pedestal: 38 1/8 in. (97 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

The works of Francesco Barzaghi (d. 1892) at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia were extraordinarily described as ‘pure and elevating’, and the present work, titled La Vanarella, is no less a testament to the artist’s prowess as a virtuoso sculptor. Known for his adept and exceptionally realistic carving of drapery, jewelry and other finite details, Barzaghi was a frequent exhibitor at the international exhibitions and always to great acclaim. However it was his masterwork Mosé Salvato Dalle Acque ('The Finding Of Moses') at the Centennial Exhibition for which the sculptor is widely known.
Like his contemporaries, Barzaghi progressed from biblical or allegorical subjects to depictions of childhood innocence, as in the subject of the present lot which depicts a young girl playing dress-up.  Another example of La Vanerella is presently at Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret de Nice, France.

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