A rare 19th century Italian sculpture in a very wanting condition with wear, breaks and blackening from time, has been unearthed by Young and Son and is being rescued from oblivion.
It is by the Florentine sculptor Fortunato GALLI, 1830 -1918, and represents the very best of his figurative work. It is 3ft (95cms) high and features a young girl seated on a rushwork chair attempting to pass a thread through he eye of a needle. The subject is a challenging one to create, given the delicacy of the structures involved, but it is entirely successful and movingly beautiful. Every strand of rushwork is perfect, as is every seat stretcher, every rolling lock of her hair and every fold of her dress with its patterned hem.
The marble base bears Galli's signature and the title inscription "FARE INSEGNA FARE", translating as "practice makes perfect".
This work by Galli is both remarkable in its execution and breathtaking in its beauty, and is representative of the best of the decorative Florentine sculptors of the nineteenth century.
The restoration is being carried out by one of Europe's most experienced fine art sculpture conservation experts, Neil Perry-Smith in London.
It will be ready for exhibition at Young and Son's premises at the ned of march and will be priced at under Â£20,000.