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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 505

    AN ITALIAN GREEN SERPENTINE MARBLE PEN-TRAY

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN GREEN SERPENTINE MARBLE PEN-TRAY
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    In the form of an antique bath on paw feet, with twin serpent handles, on plinth base, losses to one handle
    11¾ in. (30 cm.) wide


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    This 'Grand Tour' pen-tray is conceived in the French/antique manner - its serpent handles recalling Athena/Minerva as goddess of wisdom. Its form derives from the Aldobrandini 'Antique bathing Vase' illustrated in Charles Tatham's, Etchings ... of Ancient Ornamental Architecture, 1799.

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