A beautiful Italian bust of a lady by A. Giannelli ( so signed ) of the Egregia factory, 1965 c. Made of what certainly appears to be alabaster on a round marble base.
The pieces that the factory produced originally and today, are in recomposed stone, a mixture of alabaster and marble powder and resin .The result is the weight, texture and coolness of alabaster.
The activity of the factory Egregia starts in Volterra, a city of Italy, in Tuscany, of considerable historic and cultural interest, famous for the alabaster manufacture
The original models of the sculptures have been made by Cav. Arnaldo Giannelli, founder of the firm.
Born in Volterra, Italy in 1907, Arnoldo Giannelli was a keen student of sculpture from the age of 10. He graduated from the Royal School of Art in 1924 and achieved the accolade of "Master" at the Nardoni Workshops. In 1944 he opened his own studio, with work consisting mainly of commissions from the Allied Forces.
For his professional achievements, he was awarded the title of "Cavaliere" in 1970 the Italian equivalent of a Knighthood.
The artist, Arnoldo Giannelli, was an Italian master sculpture and the president of the "Alabaster Craftsman Guild" from 1953 until 1961, his most famous pieces are a bust of Dwight D. Eisenhower and a three meter high totem for Boston University. This is truly a masterpiece by a master sculpture.
Size : 24 cm. ( 9 29/64" ) tall, 15 cm. ( 5 29/32" ) wide.
Weight : 1,374 g. ( 3 pounds , 0.46 ounces ).
Condition : very good - the base was once cracked but to the back of the piece and was very well repaired - not visible at all really !
Vintage Italian bust on a marble base, 1965c.