Carrara, noun


Carrara is white marble of very fine quality, quarried in Tuscany, Italy. It can also refer, not nearly as often, to Engliah Parian ware produced in imitation of white marble in the 19th century. The decorative object you see here is a carved carrara marble sculpture of St. Agnes, wearing long robes and a crown and holding a lamb. The large standing figure – 68 inches tall – is lot #104 in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s upcoming April 22nd sale, online and at the firm’s gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. The sculpture is unsigned and carries an estimate of $7,500-$12,500.

Condition, of course, is always a strong determinant in estimating how much an item will sell for, and this statue is in excellent shape, with no breaks, loses or repairs. An age tinted varnish coat on the front of the piece hints that it likely stood beside a wall or archway of a church for many years. One other interesting fact: the statue is from Daprato Rigali Studios, an interior restoration and renovation company in Chicago. The company was founded in 1860 by the Daprato brothers, Italian immigrants and specialists in painting, stained glass and marble fabrication.