« Bath Time » by Raffaello Romanelli
Marble sculpture representing two children bathing. The older child is bathing the younger child who loses balance while the basin slides under his feet. As he loses balance, he clings to the clothes of his older sister who catches him and helps him up.
The Sculpture is signed « R.Romanelli” which stands for Raffaello Romanelli (1856 – 1928). Raffaello, whose father was the famous sculptor Pasquale Romanelli, started his training at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence with Augusto Rivalta as teacher.
Raffaello participated in nearly all the Italians “salons”; Some of his most important achievements : the “Garibaldi” monument (1896) and “Caduti di Curtatone e Montanara” in Siena, “Donatello” (1896) in San Lorenzo, “Cosimo Ridolfi” (1896) in Florence and “Carlo Alberto” (1900) in Rome. He also created many sculptures for other countries such as “Martin” in (Venezuela), “Demidoff” in Kiev (Ukraine), “Giacobbe e Rachele” in Paris (France), etc.
To satisfy the demands of a healthy export market, a number of 19th century Italian sculptors such as Pietro Barzanti and Cesare Lapini set up their own galleries to retail contemporary subjects and high quality copies of Antique sculptures. Founded by Pascale Romanelli in 1887, the Gallerie Romanelli operated as one of these highly prolific studios in Florence at the beginning of the second half of the 19th century. Raffaelo Romanelli and later his son Romano kept the studio running which still remains one of the rare working studios in Florence.
White Carrara marble.
Height : 76 cm
End 19th century