December 18th, 2019


Prudence & Abundance (1911)

Some time ago I wrote about the beautiful China Mutual Life Insurance building for the Russian readers, and today I chanced upon a good photo of the two statues that once graced the portico above the entrance of the building, at the corner of Sichuan and Guandgong Roads. They were the work of the Italian sculptor Paolo Triscornia di Ferdinando (1856–1936) and they disappeared around the time of the Cultural Revolution, I presume:

Here is the drawing of the building published in 1908, with the sculptures (added in 1911) in their prospective places: