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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 144

    A GILT-COPPER FIGURE OF SAINT PAUL

    LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A GILT-COPPER FIGURE OF SAINT PAUL
    LATE 19TH EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Depicted standing and holding a book and a sword on a later base
    8 3/8 in. (21.7 cm.) high


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    The present figurine is a copy of the silver-gilt Shrine of Saint Gertrude in Nivelles, completed circa 1272-97. It was destroyed almost completely during World War II. It is discussed and reproduced by P. Bloch in 'Historische Kopien und neuzeitliche Fälschungen mittelalterlicher Bronzen', in the exhibition catalogue Ex aere solido: Bronzen von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Berlin, 1983, p. 295 and in the exhibition Schatz aus den Trümmern: Der Silberschrein von Nivelles und die europäische Hochgotik, Cologne, 1995-96, pp. 188-89. It has been suggested this figure is the work of Luigi Francesco Parmeggiano (1860-1932) as he made similar copies, often with the intent to deceive.