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Giuseppe Croff

(1810 -  1869 )
CROFF Giuseppe Allegoria Delle Americhe

Wannenes Art Auctions
Nov 14, 2017
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Giuseppe Croff - Leda And The Swan And Venus And Adonis

Giuseppe Croff - Leda And The Swan And Venus And Adonis

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Giuseppe Croff
1810-1869
ITALIAN
LEDA AND THE SWAN AND VENUS AND ADONIS
Leda and the Swan signed:

G. CROFF. MILANO.
Venus and Adonis signed:
G. CROFF

white marble, on veined white marble bases, and faux porphyry painted wood and gilt wood plinths

Leda and the Swan: 65 by 73cm., 25 5/8  by 28 3/4 in.

Venus and Adonis: 81 by 67cm., 31 7/8  by 26 3/8 in.

plinths: 81 by 81cm., 31 7/8  by 31 7/8 in.
Giuseppe Croff was an important Milanese sculptor, who was heavily influenced by the Neoclassical style. He studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and from 1830 to 1833, principally under the guidance of Camillo Pacetti, and Pompeo Marchesi, whose classicism had a large impression on the young student. Croff's figures consequently demonstrate the ideal standards of Classical beauty. However, Croff was not confined by tradition and explored other styles in his marble compositions. His most celebrated work on public display is his magisterial 
The Veiled Nun
 in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The bust, which depicts a nun with her face seemingly veiled by diaphanous drapes is one of the most popular objects in the collection; visitors are said to be mesmerized by the transparency of the veil. Carved in marble, 
The Veiled Nun

 is a fine example of a detailed rendering of texture and form, as the thin material gently reveals the contours of the nun\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s face.
The present marbles comprise two of Croff's most beautiful sculptural groups. Significantly, they preserve their very finely carved and polished surfaces, witnessed particularly in the smooth flesh, and the intricately carved curls and ringlets of the figures' hair. The
Leda and the Swan
appears to be a version of the model with the same subject by Croff in the Museo Civico Bottacin, Padua (Panzetta,
op. cit.
, p. 299, fig. 572). The Padua group is placed in reverse, with the nymph reclining to the left. Croff exhibited a sculpture of Leda and the Swan in Porto in 1861. It is possible that this may be the Padua marble, since here Leda has hair smoothly parted at the centre, a fashion from circa 1860. In contrast, in the present marble, Leda sports ringlets, which were fashionable in the 1840s and 1850s, indicating that the present marble is the earlier of the two versions. Both the
Leda and the Swan
and the
Venus and Adonis
are imbued with the principals of Neoclassicism, tempered by Romantic sensitivity and sweet facial expressions.
Venus and Adonis
appear to be partly inspired by Canova's compositions, most clearly the
Venus and Mars
(Royal Collection, London) and his
Three Graces

(Hermitage, St Petersburg; Victoria and Albert Museum, London/ National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh); note the arrangement of the figures in the former, and the entwined arms in the latter.
The sale of these fine marbles represents a rare opportunity to acquire two of Croff's most beautiful and complementary works, which function as an impressive pairing, on their sumptuous later porphyry-painted bases.

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Panzetta, 
Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori italiani dell\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’ottocento e del primo novecento
, vol. I, Borgaro, 2003, pp. 233 and 299, fig. 572
Giuseppe Croff - Fanciulla Con Cappello

Giuseppe Croff - Fanciulla Con Cappello

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Lot number: 592
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Giuseppe Croff - Allegoria Delle Americhe

Giuseppe Croff - Allegoria Delle Americhe

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Lot number: 593
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