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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 259

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE MODEL OF THE BARGELLO CANNON, CALLED THE SAN PAOLO

    AFTER COSIMO CENNI, 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN BRONZE MODEL OF THE BARGELLO CANNON, CALLED THE SAN PAOLO
    AFTER COSIMO CENNI, 19TH CENTURY
    One end deocrated with a bust of St. Paul, the barrel elaborately decorated with the Medici coat-of-arms, figures of Mars and Minerva, military trophies and two seated lions, mounted in a wood cradle, dark brown patina with lighter high points
    22 in. (56 cm.) long


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    The original of this huge cannon, called San Paolo, in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, is one of twelve guns, each of them named after an Apostle, cast in 1635 by Cosimo Cenni, for Ferdinand II of Medici. The head of St. Paul is at one end, inscribed above with the weight of the metal, 27,500 lbs., and the number 407, indicating the number of guns cast by Cenni by that date.

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