Lot 377: Prof. Antonio Frilli
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Prof. Antonio Frilli (Italian/Florentine, d. 1902),"Bust of a Nubian Maiden", marble, inscribed "A. Frilli / Firenze" on reverse of truncation, h. 30 1/2 in., w. 21 in., d. 13 1/2, contemporary marble socle, overall h. 37 in. Note: Antonio Frilli was a Florentine sculptor who worked primarily with Carrara marble and alabaster. His delicately executed original works and replicas garnered national acclaim, and he was highly sought-after in his lifetime, notably commissioned by Leland Stanford to create several of the impressive statues that decorate the Stanford University Campus. Frilli founded the Frilli Gallery in 1860, as a studio and art atelier in Florence, the capital art city of the Belle Epoque. An astute businessman, Frilli ensured that his gallery participated in many World Fairs, garnering international attention and taking home awards and prizes throughout the year. In 1904, he posthumously won the Grand Prix at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis for his exquisite marble sculpture entitled Woman Lying on a Hammock, which showcased his exceptional talent and ability to manipulate a notoriously difficult medium. In this lot, Frillis tremendous skills are on display particularly in the various textures that create the composition. His execution of the coarse fringed textile compared to that of the ringlets of hair and the details of the cabbage leaf crown is remarkable given the challenge inherent in accurately rendering each component. The maidens shawl falls open, revealing her left breast, a striking visual reminiscent of Amazonian warriors which lends gravitas to the figure who is being presented in such high esteem. Ref.:About Us. Frilli Gallery. www.frilligallery.com. Accessed Oct. 22, 2016.