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."

Dia: 6 1/2 in.

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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