A Life Size Late 19th Century Italian Carrera Marble Sculpture “The Wrestlers”


Title: “The Wrestlers”


Circa 1880


Origin: Italy


Depth: 30″
Width: 49″
Height: 39″


Material: Hand carved Carrera Marble


Condition: Excellent original condition


Maker: Antonio Frilli


Signed: Barring the signature A. Frilli, Florence


Artist Bio


Antonio Frilli established his first and exclusive Atelier in via dei Fossi, Florence in 1860, where he worked with a few assistants on medium-size refined painted alabasters and big white Carrara marble statues for private villas and monumental cemeteries., Frilli is first recorded as exhibiting at the Espozione Nationale di Roma in 1883


He worked primarily in marble but also in bronze. He is known to have been active in the last two decades of the 19th century producing decorative technically brilliant sculptures which were almost invariably contemporary in style. Antonio Frilli (d. 1902) was a Florentine sculptor who specialized in marble and alabaster statues for public and private customers


His works decorate famous cemeteries such as Porte Sante and Allori in Florence.[1] A marble portrait of Frilli was carved in his Atelier after his death, and it was placed on his family tomb in Cimitero degli Allori


Frilli and his gallery were well-known in Europe, the United States and Australia, as he took part in several world’s fair exhibitions. He was in Philadelphia for the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and in 1881 his statues and garden furniture were exhibited in the Italian Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia