April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 26
 
Lot 26 - 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

Inscribed, "B. Franklin Il Dirige la Foudre et Brave les Tirans," (He directs lightning and braves tyrants), signed, dated with roman numerals, impressed with crest, signature, and date, "1778," framed.

Dia: 6 1/4 in. (terra cotta only)

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.
Freeman's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2018.
Collection of Georges Perrier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sold for $5,040
Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000


 

Inscribed, "B. Franklin Il Dirige la Foudre et Brave les Tirans," (He directs lightning and braves tyrants), signed, dated with roman numerals, impressed with crest, signature, and date, "1778," framed.

Dia: 6 1/4 in. (terra cotta only)

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.
Freeman's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2018.
Collection of Georges Perrier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Note

According to Richard Margolis, there are only five known examples of this Franklin terracotta medallion. This is believed to be the sixth example.

Literature

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

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