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    Sale 5265

    Selected Silver & Russian Works of Art

    30 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 98

    A PAIR OF 20TH CENTURY ITALO-LIBYAN METALWARE TEN-BRANCH CANDELABRA,

    MARK OF LA SCUOLA DI ORAFI E ARGENTIERI DI TRIPOLI, PROBABLY CIRCA 1960,

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF 20TH CENTURY ITALO-LIBYAN METALWARE TEN-BRANCH CANDELABRA,
    MARK OF LA SCUOLA DI ORAFI E ARGENTIERI DI TRIPOLI, PROBABLY CIRCA 1960,
    Modelled as palm trees, with bead & filigree decoration, on circular bases, 16 in. high (41 cm.). (2)


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    Post Lot Text

    The Scuola di Orafi e Argentieri di Tripoli was set up by the Italian colonial regime to teach young Libyan Arabs silversmithing skills. Guido Angelini (1908-1999) who studied at the Scuola di Arti e Mestieri in Rimini went out to Tripoli, at that time part of the Italian colony of Libya, in 1933 where he worked with Professor Remo Luca & was patronised by Marshal Italo Balbo, the governor of the colony. In 1937 Angelini became the director of the Scuola di Orafi e Argentieri & continued in this position after the country became independent until the Libyan monarchy was overthrown by an army coup led by Muammar Ghaddafi in 1970 which resulted in the Italian community leaving & returning to Italy.