signed sculpted head "Depositato"

Aug 27, 2021. 16:08 UTC
signed sculpted head "Depositato"
United States of America


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6 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Appears to be plaster. I cannot, for the life of me, make out the signature. I assume it is 19th century. Am very curious about it.




Answered within about 6 hours
Aug 27, 22:16 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$75 - $125 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$125 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Sylvia,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A vintage Italian chalkware portrait bust
mid 20th Century
signed indistinctly, impressed DEPOSITATO
In the form of an older man with a green cap and scarf smoking a pipe
6 inches high, 4 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches deep
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition with some minor chip losses commensurate with age
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Delia Aug 27, 22:17 UTC

I might be able to read the signature if a photo were taken from different angles (directly straight on, from above, from the side). Happy to look at additional photos in the hope that I can make an attribution...
Have a great weekend,

Sylvia medley Aug 27, 22:50 UTC

Thank you Delia.

Delia Aug 30, 22:49 UTC

HI Sylvia,
Thanks for the additional photos; what I can read of the signature isn't coming up with any matches to known ceramicists in Italy about the time this was likely to have been made. The appraisal can stand as it was.

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