GRAND TOUR CARVED MARBLE BUST OF A SATYR
Probably Italian, circa mid-to-late 19th century; unsigned
Item # 010NXB21A
A whimsical and playful work from the mid-to-late 19th century, this fine marble bust depicts a jovial satyr as he looks off at some distant point. His eyes are bright and a smile tugs at his lips and cheeks. Beautifully conceived, the bust has a warm patina in the old stone with a gentle discoloration throughout that is most attractive. His long ears point through unruly furls of hair, somewhat disguising the tiny horns projecting from his temple. It is a wonderful contrast to the more serious classical bust, bringing rich historical surface and playful subject matter into an interesting focal point.
Measurements: 14 3/4" H x 6" D x 10" W
Some discoloration and surface patina to the old marble; tiny chips/abrasions including to the left shoulder (facing), edges of the hair. Overall a very fine presentation.