Bacchic celebration

  • Sculptor

    Luigi Frullini (1839-97)

  • Detail

    Walnut

    Italian (Florence), 1890

  • Signed and labelled

    L. Frullini fece (carved in wood on front of panel)

    Frullini studio label on reverse inscribed:

    ‘Prof Luigi Frullini Cavalier Mauriziano, e della Légion d’Honneur e della Corona d’Italie’  (centre), ‘sa – Piazza dell’Unita, 10, p. ter.’ (bottom left), and ‘Studio – Via S. Caterina, 8’ (bottom right)

  • Provenance

    [Perhaps Sydney Backus and/or Marguerite Backus, USA]; Sally Backus, and her husband Sir Brian Neil (1923-2018)

  • Collection

    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Note

    Investigation is continuing to establish the original provenance of this carving.  However the punning connection between the Backus family and Bacchus is likely not a coincidence, and thus there is a probable early American history to be discovered.