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.

Dia: 5 1/2 in. (sight)

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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