A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)
A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)
A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)
A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)
A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)

A fine white marble figural group: Big Sister by Raimondo Pereda (Italian, 1840-1915)

19th century Italy

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The figure of a young girl with curly hair in loose robes sat on a three legged stool, blowing on a spoon in her right hand, her left hand holding a bowl as her arm cradles a baby on her lap, the baby reaching out for the spoon with his right arm, the base signed 'R Pereda / Milano'
Beautifully modelled in pure white Carrara marble with great skill to show the figures in perfect form and proportion (note the hanging drapery around the girl’s back and the folds in the dress) and expertly conveying the different textures of flesh, clothing, the chair legs and the chair cushion.
Raimondo Pereda (1840-1915) was born in Lugano and studied at the Accademia de Brera in Milan. He exhibited in Munich from 1870 to 1884 and at the Paris Salon in 1879-80. His works were also shown in Parma and London, at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. The piece is known as 'Big Sister' or 'Attenzione, è bollente!'('Be careful, it's hot!')
Panzetta, Dizionario Degli Scultori Italiani Dell'Ottocento, Turin, 1994, vol. II, p. 623 (another example illustrated)
Dimensions
Height 117.00 cm (46.06 inches)
Stock Code
N-0036
Medium
Marble
Signed/Inscribed
Signed on base 'R. Pereda/Milano'
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