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 Ottilio Pesci  (1877 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: Italy/France      Known for: figure statue sculpture, teaching

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Ottilio Pesci 1877-1959
Born in Perugia, Italy
Professor of Oriental Art in Paris 1901-1912
Studio, Asnières-sur-Seine, Asnières, France.

Left Paris in the summer of 1912 went via Brest, Brittany to New York, USA then across the USA by coach to San Francisco, where he took a steamer to Tokyo, Japan.

Commissioned by the Emperor Taisho of Japan (31 August 1879 – 25 December 1926) to create statues of the Emperor and other Military figures.

Ottilio left Japan after the The Great Kanto earthquake, which struck the Kanto plain on the Japanese main island of Honshu on Saturday, September 1, 1923. Varied accounts hold that the duration of the earthquake was between 4 and 10 minutes. This is the deadliest earthquake in Japanese history, and at the time was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region.

Married Yuri (surname to follow) daughter of one of the Japanese Admirals that he sculptured during his time in Japan.

Returned to Paris.

Retired to Camogli, Province of Genoa, Italy.

Died 1959.

Although Ottilio married Yuri in Japan, he left in Paris Berthe Ferdinande 1886-1959, mother of his recognized daughter, Simone Pesci 1910-1937.

Berthe left Paris around 1910 to live in London, where she raised her daughter alone until she re-married. She remained a friend to Ottilio and died only three months after being notified of his death, leaving their granddaughter Georgina Davie (Mina), great granddaughter Simone Robinson (Davie) great grandson Richard Davie.

More research is being done at present into the life of Ottilio Pesci.

Some of Ottilio Pesci's statues have started to reach the open market:
A Lady of Fashion sold at Sotheby's -Apr 27, 2001 - London
L'élégante sold in France
Japanerin sold in Germany

Most are in the hands of private collectors in Japan and France, some in the possession of Mrs Georgina Davie his granddaughter.

Submitted by Simone Robinson, Doctoral School Administrator, Falmer House, University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

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