10 June 2004
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A TURK
ITALIAN, PROBABLY VENETIAN, LATE 17TH OR EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Depicted facing to sinister, his left hand resting on a tablet and his right hand raised; the reverse unfinished; on an integrally cast rectangular plinth.
Very minor wear to gilding; casting flaws to base.
6¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high
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Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
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