Italian polychromed alabaster bust, titled ‘Mignon’, circa 1895


Italian alabaster bust of a girl, titled ‘MIGNON’, the face & neck superbly detailed in clear white stone with a penetrating gaze and dressed in an interesting veined stone for the robe, a scarf across her hair, showing signs of added colour, on a low octagonal plinth base bearing the inscription.

Signed to the back ‘Prof. G. Bessi’ ,
Professor Giuseppe Bessi (1857-1922)

Circa 1895.

37cm high, 38cm wide
minor signs of age

Mignon means ‘Dainty’ in French, as in small & pretty, an affectionate nickname.
Professor Giuseppe Bessi was an Italian sculptor, trained in Florence, who set up his sculpture studio in his hometown of Volterra. His works combined Neoclassical and Art Nouveau, and he exhibited in the World’s Fair Paris, Turin, and St Louis, achieving great recognition for his works.




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