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Large Italian Carved Marble Group Depicting Bacchic Musicians on marble stand



A large and finely carved 19th century Italian white marble musical group. This lovely group depicting five Bacchic putti musicians playing various musical instruments. Four of them playing trumpet, mandolin, tambourine, violin and one singer. Three of the figures are standing in the center and the other two sitting one on each side. Set on a later carved white Marble Stand.

Signed: A Frilli 

Circa: 1880

Height: 70.5"   (179 cm)
Width:  55.5"   (141 cm)
Depth: 15"      (38 cm)

Antonio Frilli was an Italian artist of superb skill, he belonged to a tradition of distinguished Italian carvers that included Pietro Bazzanti, Cesare Lapini and Cesare Fantacchiotti. His successful workshop in Florence produced sculptures in marble and alabaster, concentrating on elegant compositions and decorative works for the international market, which provided Frilli’s main clientele. The sculptor and his studio also produced copies after both antique and contemporary sculpture, such as the Venus de Medici and Antonio Canova’s Three Graces. Frilli is first recorded as exhibiting at the Esposizione Nazionale di Roma in 1883, after which he showed in Glasgow (1888) and Paris (1889).