A fabulous large desk top sculpture, entirely hand carved in wood and set upon a 15" x 8" oval plinth of beautifully contrasting color, this late 1800s to early 1900s figure of Dante Alighieri captures his visage and essence extremely well. You remember Dante's face, no matter how well you know his poetry (Dante's Inferno being one). He was an Italian poet, (1265-1321) in Florence. One of the most famous and interesting figures in that pivotal era of Florentine history. His marble statue looms large over the entrance of Santa Croce in Florence even now. I love Florence, and the history, and Dante's bust graces many libraries and collector's busts all over the world. But I had not seen one carved so beautifully in wood. This one comes to you straight from France.
Very good to excellent, though it hasn't a signature of the artist/artisan who has created it. Large, impressive, free of damage or chips. Perfect for any office. Or to mark your expansive study of Florence's colorful history.
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