He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not . . . (c. 1885) by Orazio Andreoni (Italian, 19th Century)


Orazio Andreoni was an Italian 19th sculptor and professor based in Rome whose works in marble were of subjects after the antique, as well as his own compositions which were often historical or romantic works, found their way to American and English collectors alike. He exhibited "Le Pharisien" in Turin in 1883 and "Negrése" in Berlin 1892. He also exhibited in Glasgow in 1888 and is believed to have been active for a time in America (a file on him is in the Smithsonian Institution Library). Andreoni's works can also be found in several museums and public parks. "L 'aveugle Nidia" and "Le Pharisien" are currently at the Sydney Museum in Australia. A very large marble fountain group of multiple sculptures representing "Oceanides" the Greek water nymphs, which were associated more with fresh water than with the oceans, is currently at The York House Garden, Twickenham, South-West London, now a municipal park. A marble group titled "Pereat" at Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, Connecticut

37 x 14 x 13 in.