Lot Torelli (1835-1935)
Aliases: Lot Torrelli
Lot Torelli , Italian 1835-1896 Neapolitan Fisherboy white Carrara marble
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LOT TORELLI (ITALIAN, 1835-1896): 'SOAP BUBBLES', A MARBLE FIGURE OF A GIRL BLOWING BUBBLES ON A MARBLE, ONYX AND CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL PLINTH the Carrara marble half length figure depicting a young girl with a small pipe to blow bubbles, signed to the reverse 'Sic Transit Gloria Mundi' (Thus passes the glory of the world) 'Lot Torelli Firenze', raised on a Breccia marble plinth over an onyx and champleve enamel cylindrical pedestal with rectangular top and square base, 160cm high ovearll (the marble 42cm high, with base 51cm high, the pedestal 109cm) Lot Torelli is perhaps most famous for his large marble figures of Adam and Eve which were mounted on the facade of the Duomo, Florence. Like many sculptors of his generation he exhibited internationally and was well known during his lifetime for his craftsmanship and skill, winning medals in numerous countries. For example he exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and won a gold medal, he won the Cross of Gold at the International Exhibition in London and also a gold medal at the 1873 international exhibition in Vienna (Please see lot 31 for more information and an image of this important exhibition).