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    A Pair of Bronze Busts Depicting Othello and Desdemona

    Cast by Fratelli Galli, Florence, Italy
    Late 19th century
    Bronze on wooden pedestals
    Marks: inscribed on back Filli Galli/Firenze
    36.5 inches high

    The bronze busts of Othello and Desdemona, characters from Shakespeare's play, were cast by Fratelli Galli of Florence, Italy from a model by Antonio Garella. The two characters are the essence of the play and are captured here in all their characteristic style. Othello, the Moor, and Desdemona, the strikingly beautiful daughter of a Venetian senator, are finely detailed atop the carved wooden Ionic columnar pedestals. Their beauty belies the tragedy of the play as the master Italian sculptor Garella has portrayed them with all their dynamic traits.

    Provenance:
    Christie's (2003)


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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