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A Graceful Virgin of the Annunciation

The present sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary while receiving the words of Archangel Gabriel, with her hands in prayer and kneeling in front of an elegant pulpit with molded profiles. While reading the sacred text, she turns her gaze downwards with an elegant bowing of her head in sign of subdued acceptance of the miracle. […]

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A Stunning Signed and Dated Pharmacy Mortar

This monumental and refined bronze mortar, is embellished, about halfway up, by two beautiful heads of young boys and large acanthus leaves. One side bears the maker’s signature and the date in capital letters…

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A Delicate St. Sebastian from Brabant

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This intriguing wooden sculpture, still with its original polychromy, depicts saint Sebastian and it has been made in the region of Brabant, a cultural area in northern Europe where an important tradition of wooden sculpture is developed from the Middle Ages onwards…

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A very sophisticated Sealing Press

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Very high quality of ironworking is the distinctive feature of this elegant sealing press. Over an oval plate with moulded rim is fixed a frame consisting of a curved arm ending with a polylobed element with vertical passing screw, crowned in the upper part with a moulded cap, and two small…

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A Striking Head of Saint Paul

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This impressive head depicts a bearded man caught in a moment of powerful dramatic expression. The head swerve, the gaze turned suddenly upwards, the contraction of the forehead and corrugated eyebrows, the small mouth with fleshy lips describe effectively the intense emotion of the

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A Splendid Pair of Iron Frames

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This gorgeous pair of frames fully represents the triumph of Baroque iron. The frames are entirely made of embossed iron (repoussé), a particularly complex technique that is a French prerogative and that was brought to excellent levels precisely during the Baroque era…

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A Delicate 18th century Wax ‘Bambinello’

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A wide and deep frame encloses the figure of the Child Jesus, placed in a landscape at sunset. The Redeemer is represented as naked little boy, resting on his side, with the right hand on his chest, the eyes looking upwards, and his mouth half open. The scene is rich in meaningful details…

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An Exquisite French Inlaid Casket

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This exquisite rectangular wooden casket shows lavish decorations with refined and partially polychromed mother-of-pearl inlays and very thin brass wires. It has no equal and it is therefore configured as a valuable and unprecedented testimony of late Renaissance French cabinet-making.

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A nice pair of Emilian Bronze Doorknockers

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The quality of this nice pair of bronze doorknockers with dark patina is mainly due to their formal richness: a lyre-shaped body with arms adorned by foliages and vegetal scrolls among which – in the centre and in correspondence of the knocking element – appears the mask of a satyr with goat horns…

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A very elegant Tinder Pistol

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At first sight, this refined and curious object might look like a pistol but it is in fact a remarkable example of a mechanical tinder lighter designed for domestic use: more precisely, a tinder-pistol.

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