Authorship is a tricky business because art does not occur in a vacuum. Pino can take credit for taking a semi-abstract 1950s Archimede Seguso form and making it less abstract, more representational by adding arms and arses. (Examine the pix of my alabastro form carefully). The "lovers" is more aptly titled the "gropers", and to my eyes takes a beautiful and subtle, abstract form to a vulgar place. It's surely possible Pinot didn't "copy" it deliberately and lie about inventing it, based on the aforesaid differences. More likely he'd seen it once in a shop or collection in Italy, maybe years before he "invented" it, and stored the image in his subconscious. The rarity of my piece makes my theory all the more plausible. Like the piece mentioned by Paul (Chuggy), a green and white madonna he owned, no other examples can be found in a reference book or online.