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An Italian bronze vase and cover, on marble plinth
An Italian bronze vase and cover, on marble plinth

DESIGNED AND CAST BY A. NELLI, ROME, DATED 1877

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An Italian bronze vase and cover, on marble plinth
Designed and cast by A. Nelli, Rome, Dated 1877
The cover surmounted by a wine-drinking putto, the fluted and scalloped edge cast with a further three drunken putti and clusters of fruit, the campana-shaped vase with egg-and-dart-cast overhanging rim, above ribbon-tied vine branches, the body cast in high relief with a ring of dancing putti each holding hands, the acanthus-cast gadrooned lower bowl with a pair of handles, each mounted with a putto, one playing pipes, the other plucking a violin, on a spreading fluted foot cast with four doves, on a square base inscribed A. Nelli, Roma 1877/Composizione, ed esecuzione and fusione a cera perduta, on a black and rosso antico marble plinth
37¾ in. (96 cm.) high, overall

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See lot 268 for a pair of busts also cast by the Nelli foundry.
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