April 27, 2021 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 30
 
Lot 30 - Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)

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Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)
A rare terracotta portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), France, 1777

Inscribed, "B. FRANKLIN AMERICAIN, " the sitter wearing a fur cap, impressed with crest, signature and date, "1777."

Dia: 4 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

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


 

Inscribed, "B. FRANKLIN AMERICAIN, " the sitter wearing a fur cap, impressed with crest, signature and date, "1777."

Dia: 4 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Skyler Liechty.

Note

According to Richard Margolis, there are only three known examples of this medallion. This is one of the rarest forms, and is believed to be the fourth known example.

Literature

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

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