April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 29
 
Lot 29 - 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, "B. FRANKLIN IL DIRIGE LA FOUDRE ET BRAVE LES TIRANS," (He directs lightning and braves tyrants), with impressed crest, signature, and date "1779."

Dia: 6 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

Sold for $2,394
Estimated at $2,500 - $3,500


 

Inscribed, "B. FRANKLIN IL DIRIGE LA FOUDRE ET BRAVE LES TIRANS," (He directs lightning and braves tyrants), with impressed crest, signature, and date "1779."

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

Literature

See Storelli, A., Jean-Baptiste Nini: Sa Vie--Son Oeuvre 1717-1786 (Impr. A. Mame et fils, 1896), LXVII.

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