This is a bust that was part of Al Capone's family estate, his wife Mae & their only child, Sonny Capone. The bust is of Sonny's wife Diana "Boogie" Casey Capone (1919-1989). It was made by WPA artist Joe Barras in 1925 of painted gypsum or plaster with some wear & stains, chips as seen. This was later passed down to to Al's only child a son, Sonny Capone (1918-2004) and then to his daughters by Diana Casey Capone (1919-1989).
This is a bust of their mother who married Sonny in 1941 and they were married until 1964. The daughters recently parted with most of their grandparents and parent's possessions, and I was fortunate enough to purchase this.
I could not find much information on the artist Joe Barras, but able to locate some of his WPA works online. He has some works still around, in concrete form- murals in Mississippi. This sculpture also comes with a coa of sorts signed by Barbara Capone and a signed book by Diane Patricia Capone called "Stories My Grandmother Told Me".
Provenance: Sonny Capone to his daughters.
Dimensions: 16"h x 12"w x 8"d. Some chips, discoloration and stains, which I have not tried removing. The shiny surface of the gypsum/plaster has some loss to one of the curls on back of her head which shows white plaster as seen.