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  • Nannini Bronze and Ivory Violetta La Coquette
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  • Violetta

A very pretty cold painted and parcel gilt bronze and hand carved ivory figure of a beautiful young woman, inspired by Violetta of Verdi’s opera La Traviata, her hair piled high and wearing a full ball gown leaning forward slightly with her hands clasped across her dress, signed to the rear R Nannini and raised on a shaped green onyx plinth.

The final image shows Maria Callas in the role of Violetta in La Traviata.

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Bronze, Ivory and Onyx

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Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley


Violetta – La Traviata, The Fallen Woman is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The opera was originally entitled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.

Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice insisted that it be set in the past, “c. 1700”. It was not until the 1880s that the composer and librettist’s original wishes were carried out and “realistic” productions were staged.

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