Lifesize portrait bust of a gentleman / hand-carved marble / attributed to or after Thomas Ball (1819-1911) / c. 1860s
Masterfully carved, this remarkably candid and lifelike mid-nineteenth century marble bust depicts a middle aged male subject with a seemingly unguarded, emotionally ambiguous expression — a rare quality in formal period sculpture. The piece is unsigned, but design elements such as the bare classically-styled torso and the startlingly naturalistic rendering indicate the hand of nineteenth century neoclassical sculptor Thomas Ball (1819-1911). The sitter remains unidentified, but provenance indicates it may be a Massachusetts politician.
Excellent restored antique condition, with several minor tiny chips and scratches. The bust had a small chip on the nose, which was professionally repaired using museum-standard materials.
23 inches tall
16 inches wide
10 inches deep
Please note: Shipping is not included in the price for this item. This sculpture is very heavy and will require special care and shipment. I work with several door-to-door private delivery services, but extra moving assistance for arrival will be necessary and should be arranged by the buyer. Approximate delivery charges would be $200-$400 depending on location (though pickup is free). If you are interested in purchase, please contact me for a more precise quote.