Luigi Fabris (1883-1952) is a well known Italian porcelain artist born in Bassano near Venice. He attended the Academy of Venice studying sculpture and was successful in this field. In 1918, following the end of World War I, he moved to Milan where he opened a factory to produce ceramics. He became highly successful and soon his work was being exported worldwide. His factory was destroyed by bombs during World War II in 1942. In 1946 he returned to his home of Bassano and opened a new factory.
This gorgeous figurine, circa late 1940's, portrays a lovely lady adorned in a medium length skirt of multiple layers of white Dresden lace edged in gold, with shoulder shawl top and open back. Her lovely facial features and light brown hair is framed by a white summer hat with lavender trim. Her right arm and hand cradles a bouquet of delicate yellow, lavender and red blossoms nestled among green foliage. Her left hand extends gracefully toward her hat to protect it from the gusty breeze. The base is completely blanketed with an array of green foliage and multi-colored blossoms complimenting her bouquet, The figurine measures 7 1/2" in height and is hand-marked on the base with the 'anchor' mark and "L Fabris - Venetian - Italy" and the pattern number "451". There is some lacy damage on the back side of the skirt; I can find no damage to the floral decorations; if there is some it is minute. A lovely Dresden Lace figurine combined with the best Capo di Monte technique.
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