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Antonio Frilli 19th C. Italian Marble Statue of Venus w/Column Base

Antonio Frilli 19th C. Italian Marble Statue of Venus w/Column Base


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1332397
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 $35,000.00 
Offered is stunning white marble statue of a large Venus sitting beautifully on a green marble column base belonging to the late 18th century, made by its famous Italian sculpture, Antonio Frilli, with the following dimensions: Marble statue of Venus: Width: 13.38 inches, 34 cm Height: 35.43 inches, 90 cm Depth: 17.71 inches, 45 cm Marble green column base: Width: 14.96 inches, 38 cm Height: 40.15 inches, 102 cm Depth: 18.89 inches, 48 cm Antonio Frilli (who died in 1902) was a Florentine sculptor who specialized in marble and alabaster statues for public and private customers. In 1860, Frilli established his first and exclusive Atelier in via dei Fossi in Florence where he worked on medium-size refined painted alabasters and big white Carrara marble statues for private villas and monumental cemeteries. His works decorate famous cemeteries such as Porte Sante and Allori in Florence. A marble portrait of Frilli was carved in his Atelier after his death, and it was placed on his family tomb in Cimitero deli Allori. Frilli and his gallery were well known in Europe, United States, and Australia, as he took part in several world's fair exhibitions. He came to Philadelphia for the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and in 1881 his statues and garden furnitures were exhibited in the Italian Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia. In 1904, two years after Frilli's death, his son Umberto took part in the Louisiana Purchase in St. Louis, Missouri, where one of his father's works, a sculpture on a "Woman on a Hammock" in white Carrara marble, won the Grand Prize and 6 gold medals. In 1999, the same masterpiece was sold by Sotheby's with an auction estimate of $800,000. This marvelous Frilli's statue of Venus is made of white marble, all hand-carved from head to toe with its maker's signature on the back. The green marble base has three pieces as the top, column, and bottom. This impressive antique Italian statue is a precise replica of an ancient Roman Venus statue with the exception of being two hundred years old instead of two thousand.