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By Natali, Antonio (Italian, 1850-1918)
This magnificent marble sculpture depicts a charming circus mistress, who gazes downwards with evident comedy towards her small dog, a would-be lion.
The sculpture depicts a circus mistress, or ringleader. The half-size figure stands in classical contrapposto, her right hip higher than her left, and her right arm braced against her waist. In her left hand she holds a rolled-up whip, which she will use—with obviously comedy—to tame the small dog at her feet, who wears a mane and rears upwards in a small roar. The figure wears deftly carved dress, and the quality of the marble sculpting is superb: from the leaves at her feet, to the folds of her sleeves, to the curls of her hair, the marble has been wrought by the sculptor, Antonio Natali, into a plausible representation of reality.
The sculpture is raised on an ornately carved black marble Solomonic column. The sculpture is signed ‘A. Natali’ to the base.
Figure: Height 110cm, width 46cm, depth 33cm
Pedestal: Height 98cm, diameter 50cm
Total: Height 208cm, diameter 50cm
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