April 19, 2016 10:00 EST

American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art

 
  Lot 89
 
Lot 89 - Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)

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Jean-Baptiste Nini (Italian, 1717-1786)
terracotta portrait medallion of benjamin franklin (1706-1790), france

, circa 1777 With inscribed border, "B. Franklin Americain," the bust with raised crowned cartouche mark and "1777" and further signed and dated, "Nini F 1777," framed.

Diam: 3 7/8 in. (sight)

Provenance: By descent to Robert W. and Eleanor O. Hill, New Jersey.
Collection of Robert H. Hill, Jr. and Daisy K. Hill, Cleveland, Ohio and New Castle, Delaware.
Purchased from Otto M. Wasserman, New York, New York, 1962.
Lot accompanied by letter of correspondence between Wasserman and present owner.

Sold for $688
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500


 

, circa 1777 With inscribed border, "B. Franklin Americain," the bust with raised crowned cartouche mark and "1777" and further signed and dated, "Nini F 1777," framed.

Diam: 3 7/8 in. (sight)

Provenance: By descent to Robert W. and Eleanor O. Hill, New Jersey.
Collection of Robert H. Hill, Jr. and Daisy K. Hill, Cleveland, Ohio and New Castle, Delaware.
Purchased from Otto M. Wasserman, New York, New York, 1962.
Lot accompanied by letter of correspondence between Wasserman and present owner.

Jean-Baptiste Nini created this commemorative medallion at the bequest of Jacques Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont (1726-1803), businessman and personal friend and supporter of Franklin's. It, along with subsequent versions, were incredibly popular in France during Franklin's ambassadorial stay there in the late 1770s.

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