AN ITALIAN 19TH CENTURY ORIENTALIST ALABASTER LAMP SCULPTURE ATTRIBUTED TO GUGLIEMO PUGI (1850-1915).
A very impressive and grand scale Italian late 19th century alabster sculpture.
The statue is of a maiden in oriental drape, with bare feet carrying a large water urn on her shoulder.
She is leaning against a fountain that features a wonderfully
executed Zéphyr masque with water flowing out of his mouth supporting the fine and most decorative lamp.
The elegant tapered alabster pedestal is raised by a circular
base and leads up to a finely molted border top.
Since 1870 until he passed away, Gugliemo Pugi resides in Florence where he presides a sculpture factory with the help of his two sons Gino and Fiorenzo. Their entreprise works under the name
« Gugliemo Pugi e Figli » working mostly for export towards the United States.
Gugliemo Pugis’ work is typical of Art Nouveau and characterized by cutting the stone directly from the alabaster and marble.
His work is renowned for making the bust of king Humbert the 1st that can be found at the grand alace of Fiesole as well as a large array of portraits that are kept at the Museum storico dell’alabastro in Volerra.
His sculptures were represented at the Universal Exposition of 1904 at St Louis Missouri.
Dimensions: 250H x 45L x 45 cm
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