The stone cold face of sheer beauty

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE - By Jeremy Ed­wards from An­tiqArt JEREMY ED­WARDS

AS an art and an­tique dealer, you some­times have to step out of your com­fort zone, par­tic­u­larly when you recog­nise the pres­ence of sheer beauty.

I nor­mally stick to what I know best, which is pic­tures and paint­ings, but a few years ago I was at an auc­tion and this beau­ti­ful lit­tle sculp­ture was in the sale.

It was not some­thing I had planned on buy­ing, but I sim­ply fell in love with it and I took a chance. It is a plain white al­abaster carved bust of a young girl in what could be a wim­ple or maybe just a sim­ple cloth head cov­er­ing.

It is mounted on a solid mar­ble bust and is com­pletely blem­ish free. To the rear of the carv­ing on the base of the bust is a sig­na­ture “Prof. G. Bessi” scratched into the al­abaster. It is, of course, the artist’s sig­na­ture.

This gor­geous lit­tle girl was carved by one Pro­fes­sor Giuseppe Bessi who, it turns out, is a fa­mous Ital­ian sculp­tor who was born in 1857 and died in 1922.

Bessi was one of the most prom­i­nent fig­ures in Ital­ian Sa­lon sculpt­ing, pi­o­neer­ing a stylised mix­ture of Art Nou­veau and Neo-Clas­si­cism. He was the Di­rec­tor of The Art Academy of Volterra in Italy from 18911910 and taught there un­til his death.

Ex­am­ples of his works were ex­hib­ited at The World Ex­hi­bi­tions in Paris, Turin and St Louis.

To this day, due to the qual­ity of his work, many of his busts can be found in mu­se­ums all around the world.

This pretty lit­tle lady is to view or to buy along with many other beau­ti­ful pieces of art at my ‘pre-loved art’ gallery An­tiqArt at Holme Grange Craft Vil­lage.

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