April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 28
 
Lot 28 - Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)

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Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)
A terracotta portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), France, 1779

Inscribed "Eripuit Coelo Fulmen Scetrumque Tirannas," (He snatched the lightning from the skies and the scepter from the tyrants), impressed crest, signature, date, "1779," framed.

Dia: 5 1/2 in. (sight)

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

Sold for $4,725
Estimated at $5,000 - $8,000


 

Inscribed "Eripuit Coelo Fulmen Scetrumque Tirannas," (He snatched the lightning from the skies and the scepter from the tyrants), impressed crest, signature, date, "1779," framed.

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

Note

A similar example is on display at the Diplomatic Reception room at the United States Department of State.

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