10 June 2008
A MASSIVE ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT CENTREPIECE
NAPLES, 20TH CENTURY, MAKER NUMBER 221, WITH FACSIMILIE SIGNATURE F DE LUCA
REALISTICALLY CAST AS NEPTUNE HOLDING HIS TRIDENT AND STANDING ASTRIDE A SHELL WHICH IS SUPPORTED ON FOUR HIPPOCAMPS, TWO MERMAIDS AND A DOLPHIN, ALL AMONG CAST WAVES, ON A SILVER-GILT BASE WITH A HAMMERED FINISH AND FOUR DOLPHIN FEET, MARKED ON EDGE OF BASE AND ON BACK OF SHELL, THE BASE FURTHER ENGRAVED WITH A FACSIMILE SIGNATURE
24¾ IN. (63 CM.) HIGH
426 OZ. (13,231 GR.)
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A SIMILAR GROUP OF STATUETTES FROM THE COLLECTION OF KING GEORGE I OF THE HELLENES, (1845-1913) WAS SOLD CHRISTIE'S LONDON, 24 AND 25 JANUARY 2007, LOT 591.
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