F'illi Pugi Marble Bust Sculpture of Girl in Bonnet
Our marble bust of a girl by measures 18 x 11 x 9 inches and is signed on the back F'lli Pugi, Firenze. In good condition. There are restorations to the socle, the full extent of which is unknown. There is a white ceramic layer covering much of the outer surface, suggesting repairs to breaks and an attempt to cover the cracks and repairs.
"F'Illi" was a common abbreviation for "fratelli" (brothers) and thus we have attributed the work to Gino and Fiorenzo Pugi who were active in Florence in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Their father was the accomplished sculptor, Guglielmo Pugi (1850-1915). Their family studio business operated under the name Guglielmo Pugi and Sons and later as Fratelli G. and F. Pugi. According to Wikipedia they exhibited at the 1901 World Fair in Buffalo and some of their sculptures are still in Buffalo parks today. And works by by G. and F. Pugi were displayed in the Palace of Manufactures in the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
In good condition with a repair to the plinth.