Portrait of a Young Woman
Giovanni Santarelli,(1758-1826), was in Rome from 1785-1797 and was a friend of Canova and of Pichler, spent most of his life in Florence, where he was Professor at the Academy. He worked also for the Mint in Milan and in
Parma. Santarelli was well known as a gem-cutter, wax-modeller, medallist and sculptor.
E.J. Pyke records that as a reward for modelling Napoleon Boneparte's
cameo, he was decorated by him with the Cross of the Knight of the
Reunion Order and in 1820 Louis XV111 awarded him the Legion d'Honneur.
The Bargello in Florence has a fine collection of Santerelli wax portraits.
Ex.Christie's 20 November 2013, Lot 211.
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