12 - 14 July 2000
Naples, Maria Antonio di Gennaro (1674-1744), bronze medal 1702, 59mm., on the visit of Philip V of Spain to Naples, equestrian statue of Philip left, rev. ADVENTVI PRINCIPIS FOELICISSIMO, seated figure of Naples holding cornucopia, mount Vesuvius in the distance, NEAPOLIS 1702 in exergue (Molinari 185; Siciliano 69), good very fine, rare
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The equestrian statue, errected in the Largo del Gesù Nuovo, in honour of the royal visit, was by Lorenzo Vaccaro, and was considered his masterwork. It was completed in 1705, and destroyed by the mob when the Austrians occupied Naples in 1707.
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