Italian School - Vanitas - wax - XVIII / XIX century

Italian School - Vanitas - wax - XVIII / XIX century

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.

Lot details
Designer/ Artist
Italian School
Estimated Period
XVIII / XIX century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
13×24×34 cm
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