The only research that bore fruit was a call to Luigi Silvestri. The ESTEEMED Luigi Silvestri of A. Silvestri Company in South San Francisco. I interrupted his lunch, but he told me that the sculptor’s name is Alberto Milani, a master Italian stone carver, no longer living. Luigi knows a lot about Italian sculpture and garden accessories. Sadly, the meager research hit a dead end. An Albert(o) Milani worked at a number of marble factories in the U.S. after he moved from Italy at age 14. I don’t think this is the guy, though. Ah, the mystery of beautiful objects! The detailed stone carving on each of these huge, engaging musicians is impeccable. Where in Italy were they carved? What beautiful garden did they once grace? We found them while travelling through Italy along with four smaller carved stone Four Seasons statues. And what about these? Did the veiled Signore Milani take his chisel to these pieces of stone as well?
Finding this beautiful carved stone statuary makes us love our store even more. These are not our only special pieces. Aren’t you intrigued? Carts, A Fantastic Unicorn from another time, A Chinese Wedding Bed, a carved trough with an ancient pump, a beautiful lead boy angel aiming his arrow… But these pipe-playing musicians , oh Alberto Milani, where are you?