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A pair of Italian white marble figures of women, possibly emblematic of Agriculture and Sea-faring

BY RINALDO RINALDI, ROME, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A pair of Italian white marble figures of women, possibly emblematic of Agriculture and Sea-faring
By Rinaldo Rinaldi, Rome, Third quarter 19th Century
Each scantily clad, one wearing a tiara and with a sheepskin tied around her waist, holding a scythe in one hand and with a long spade in the other, a sheaf of corn and vines at her feet, the other wearing a cap, supporting a mariner's compass on her knee and resting one foot on a conch-shell, standing by the side of a boat, each on a naturalistic base inscribed Rinaldo Rinaldi F. Roma; on a white and brèche marble and lapis lazuli pedestal, with stepped rectangular breakfront top, above the tapering upright, on stepped base
The figures: 39½in. and 40¼in. (100.2cm. and 102.2cm.) high
The pedestals: 49in. (124.5cm.) high (2)

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Born in Padua in 1793, Rinaldo Rinaldi studied at the Academy of Arts in Venice under the direction of Pietrò Zandomeneghi (d.1866) and in 1812 went on to study under Canova, before becoming an academician of San Luca in 1830. A portraitist and monument sculptor, Rinaldi received many public commissions, including figures of Adonis and Titian for the vestibule of the Academy of Venice. He exhibited regularly in Rome and at the Turin exhibition of 1854.
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