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Italian School - Vanitas - wax - XVIII / XIX century

Lot reference 26470401
Italian School - Vanitas - wax - XVIII / XIX century

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Italy

Object: Vanitas
Material: wax
Designer/ Artist: Italian School
Estimated Period: XVIII / XIX century
Country of Origin: Italy
Condition: Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
Dimensions: 13×24×34 cm

The technique of artistic wax processing, long used in the funerary, devotional and portraiture fields, was widespread, especially in Italy since the Middle Ages. It reached its maximum expression in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The wax model proposed here is a macabre subject, according to the concept of vanitas, and it consists of the bust of a deceased nun. The drapery face of the woman emerges from the drapery, turned sideways, thus highlighting the cheek in a state of decomposition: in fact, some molar teeth are visible in an unnatural position due to the disintegration of the flesh.
Dried bugs (in poor condition) are fixed on the wax.
The origin of the item is uncertain, perhaps it was made by artisans from southern Italy.

Although not of the highest quality, it is still a fascinating and rare piece.

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