Ormolu and marble bust on pedestal by Gory

By Gory, Affortunato (Italian, active 1895-1925)


Carved by the prestigious Italian artist, Affortunato Gory, this sculpture creatively combines ormolu and marble to produce a truly beautiful work of art.


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The sculpture depicts the bust of a young woman, with her head turned slightly to the right. She gazes upwards into the distance, and has a peaceful expression on her face. The woman’s neck, face and wavy tied-up hair have been finely carved from pure white marble. She wears a bonnet and delicate blouse, crafted from ormolu (gilt bronze).

This sculpture is signed ‘A Gory/ Paris’ for the accomplished Italian-born artist, Affortunato Gory. Gory is famous for his sculptures of young women and children, which were often created from a combination of marble, ormolu, ivory and alabaster. Gory spent most of his artistic career in France, where he established a name for himself as an accomplished sculptor. He was well-respected by his contemporaries, and he regularly exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français.

The bust sculpture is placed on a (later) green-black marble plinth, which tapers towards its base. This is finely decorated with ormolu foliate bands around its top and base, and an ormolu mount depicting a stylised flower vase on its front.


Artist / Maker
By Gory, Affortunato (Italian, active 1895-1925)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Figurative Art, Neoclassical, Old Master, Portrait
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Black, Cream, Gold, White


172 cm / 67.7 inches
31.5 cm / 12.2 inches
26.5 cm / 10.2 inches


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