Raoul BIGAZZI [c.1888-1962]
Annex II in the MMIS document, "Acceptance of a Sculpture from Euston" dated 1981 says this about him:
Note on RAOUL BIGAZZI by
Dr. S.M. Bard, OBE, JP,
Executive Secretary (Antiquities & Monuments)
Raoul Bigazzi, an Italian national, came to Hong Kong in the early 1930's from Italy (possibly Florence). He established an office and a workshop in Hong Kong of which he was the general manager and which was advertised as "Artistic Works and Decorations, marble, stone, bronze, wrought iron, mosaic and terazzo". He was responsible for decorations in many fine buildings, including Eucliff and Euston. It is uncertain whether he himself was the sculptor and artisan, or mainly the contractor; but it is certain that the many works of fine craftsmanship in Hong Kong were produced under his personal supervision.
2. It is not clear what happened to him during the war and occupation; he might have returned to Italy, but he re-appeared in Hong Kong shortly after the war and re-established his office in the former Union Building (2nd floor).
3. R. Bigazzi was the contractor for the mosaic ceiling of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (designed by the artist Podgoursky), which was recently demolished. He was also responsible for the restoration, after the war, of the bronze statue of Queen Victoria, now in Victoria Park, which he did after considerable and painstaking research in the original United Kingdom sources.
4. Bigazzi died some 15 or 20 years ago, but it is not certain whether in Hong Kong or abroad.