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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    FIVE OVAL CARVED IVORY RELIEFS

    ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

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    FIVE OVAL CARVED IVORY RELIEFS
    ITALIAN, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
    The three portrait reliefs depicting Plato, Posidonius and Socrates, the remaining two reliefs depicting Solonos and two infant satyrs; all but the latter with an identifying legend engraved in ancient Greek; each in a later oval ebonised wood frame
    From 4¾ to 5 in. (12 to 12.7 cm.) high (5)


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    These five reliefs closely resemble the works in ivory made by the Roman carver Giovanni Battista Pozzi (circa 1670-1752). He specialised particularly in small ivories after antique subjects, no doubt in order to capitalise on the influx of visitors to Italy on the grand tour.

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