Salvaged from a villa on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, this beautiful marble bust was hand-carved in the 1600’s. Our subject has a cloak wrapped around his shoulders and is depicted looking slightly to his left and upwards. The bust sits atop a classically inspired iron stand with a large circular base (held into place with a bolt system). Resembling a Corinthian order column, the stand has been embellished with a fluted column with an acanthus capital.
With an excavated back and weathered patina, our 17th century Italian bust was originally part of a larger outdoor sculpture installation. Some old Italian residences (such as Villas Cimbrone and Rufolo) displayed multiple busts in a long row, lining their beautiful gardens. This very old Italian bust can be used in a garden setting for any style house. It can also be placed indoors in a living room, library, or entryway.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs, fleabites, and age separations to the bust. Light staining on the face. Marble is a natural material that can change color with exposure to the elements. The cream-colored stone has developed a nice dotted brown patina. Minor rubs to iron with acceptable paint losses.