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Hanne Büktas:

A Life of Pleasure in Collecting Hanne Büktas with one of her collections.

I am Umur Büktas, Hanne Büktas’s husband. This is the story of Hanne’s collection. It was 1959, I was 19 years old. I had just won a NATO scholarship and was allowed to select where I was to go to university and what I would study. I chose Munich and electronics. Two years later, in Munich, on January the 14th, 1961 destiny caught up with me! It was a Saturday evening. Friends asked me to join them going to a Fasching or carnival ball in the Haus der Kunst. As I was strolling through the corridors, I saw a beautiful, I mean really beautiful, woman coming in my direction. As I approached, I looked into her green-blue eyes with long eye

lashes, very long dark hair hanging over her shoulders and said “Fräulein wollen Sie mit mir tanzen” or “Miss, would you like to dance with me?” She answered with a smile and said “Yes!” and “My name is Hanne”. We danced the whole night and met thereafter every day of the following weeks. This encounter on January the 14th, 1961 would change my life for all times. I had met the love of my life. After some months we became engaged and moved together to a small apartment. I continued my studies and in 1964 we married. During our six years in Munich we started going on weekends to some flea markets we had discovered, like the one at Johanniskirchen or at the Auer Dult. We did not really know what we were looking for. Any object which we both found interesting and to our taste,

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we bargained for. We had each time the feeling that we might have hit the jackpot with nobody else having seen through the value of the item.

s in 1943. Hanne Bükta

In retrospective, that is where we were bitten by the collector’s bug. Our flea market excursions continued throughout our stay in Munich. We still had not enough knowledge nor money to concentrate on a certain field of arts. But we had fun each weekend. I returned to Istanbul in April 1967 with a lovely wife and a PhD. In Istanbul our quest for


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antiques became more serious. Every weekend saw us in the Kapali Carsi or “Closed Bazaar”, or in the shops at Galata, Asmali Mescit and Üsküdar to name a few. I began seriously collecting Ottoman ceramics while Hanne found interest in Orientalist watercolours, oil paintings and Beykoz glass wares. In 1970 I finished my military service in the Turkish navy as lieutenant of the reserve and joined the Istanbul division of Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands while we still continued our search for our growing collections. But as time went on, our son Timur, born in 1969, and our daughter Rana, born in 1975, were taking Hanne’s full attention and mine on weekends, so that our tours of antique markets became second priority. Then, in 1979, Philips asked us to join their headquarters in EindhovenNetherlands. Once we were there, Hanne began frequenting the Amsterdam auction houses of Christie’s and Sotheby’s. I was often on business trips world-wide while Hanne attended auctions. Once she surprised me completely with an 1805 Dutch painting, “het japon” (“The Dress”) by Steffelaar that she had succeeded in winning  in a bidding competition. She was very excited as it was the most expensive art object that she had ever purchased. It was the first of many to follow and still hangs in our home. Our years in the Netherlands were focused on the search of Dutch Romantic period paintings. We enjoyed this immensely with some successes. It was at this time that Hanne made the first steps in direction of dolls and doll houses. Ten years later we moved with Philips to Vienna-Austria. This was the beginning of a period of “intense” collecting and, I will admit, each interest area of Hanne’s, within a short period of time, also became mine. She collected French Art-Déco glass, 18th/19th century Viennese porcelain, further Dutch paintings and slowly but surely, she developed a huge appetite for beautiful antique doll houses and rooms and dolls, mainly French fashion poupées. The only field of arts I collected on my own was 16th to 18th century Iznik and Kütahy ceramics. Hanne and Umur Büktas through the years.

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Hanne Büktas: A Life of Pleasure in Collecting

In the mid-1990s Hanne’s collections had reached such dimensions that I decided to renovate the loft of our house. That space was then allocated to her collections. Her French poupée collection had become such a beauty in all aspects that even I stopped in front of the displays in appreciation of the elegance and taste of it all. Twice a year we traveled to London for a couple of weeks. There we found everything which gave us pleasure. Hanne completed her collections mainly there and, in the USA, where we had the luck and pleasure of meeting Florence Theriault and Stuart Holbrook whom we today call our friends. They were instrumental for Hanne to be able to complete her collections with top quality articles which I had the pleasure of bidding for. Years before, Hanne had started collecting 17th and 18th century Neapolitan and Genovese dolls which are famous in Christmas cribs. Well, also here, Hanne did it differently. As always, very creative and with her own tasteful elegance, she arranged her dolls in scenes that reflected the social interaction of people of different professions in 18th century Naples, complete with the backdrop settings in which they became alive - just as they had been displayed in Continental homes in the 1700s. Expert friends in Munich helped Hanne very much in her endeavor. This fantastic collection has become over the years Hanne’s most loved one. We did not know then that this would be her “last collection”! The love of my life, my partner 60 years long, my wife Hanne has now serious health problems and is not able to enjoy her beloved collections. She therefore asked me to bring this last collection of hers to Theriault’s to the USA, where we know it to be in the best hands of Florence and Stuart. Hanne and Umur Büktas.

Umur Büktas Vienna, October 2020

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Above and below: Catalog covers featuring Hanne Büktas previous collections of poupées and dollhouses.


The Doll As Theatre: A Preface Nearly 500 years before the Golden Age of the Italian theatre doll, the roots of that genre were born in a small gathering north of Rome. There St. Francis of Assisi invited a small group to join him in observing a vignette of the birth of Christ. His scene used live people, even live ox and ass. Over the centuries the nativity scene tradition continued. But it evolved. Live figures became statuary of marble, stone and even wood. Installations became permanent and year-round. Life-size figures became smaller…and smaller, in sizes eventually ranging only from several inches to two feet in height. Until, finally, during the 1700s Golden Age of Naples, the original simple scene became grand theatre, evolving into an entire village of people, animals, backgrounds and accessories that showcased everyday markets, elegant salons, country farm

scenes, banquet halls and such. Grapes were gathered by winemakers, men herded their animals, women tended their crying or mischievous children, vendors offered their wares, musicians played, people reveled at banquet tables, animals crowded every scene. The actual Nativity scene had been edged into a far corner of the entire tableau, taken over by the drama and excitement of everyday life. The scenes and costumes themselves underscored this change, reflective of the society, architecture and costumes of the 1700s rather than the time of the birth of Christ. The portrayal of the dolls in these scenes was highly characterized – smiling, animated, excited, worried, serene – made possible by the malleability of terra cotta which was now being used for the doll head. The material of the body changed, too, into a tow-wrapped wire armature

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that could be positioned in infinite ways to accentuate the facial expression and dramatize the scene in which the doll was placed. Persons were now arrayed in the finest silks and velvets, festooned with rich metallic thread embroidery and beading or as more simply costumed country folk or, in fact, in whatever costume their role demanded. This was dynamic, this was character, this was Theatre! Make no mistake. It cannot be emphasized enough. The theatre of the 18th century Neapolitan doll was antithetical to the original nativity scene in both purpose and presentation. In a catalog introduction to a 2008 museum exhibition at the Kimball Museum of Fort Worth, presipio scholar Elio Catello described it as “a grand distraction for a population at play, a toy of the elite”.


How did this happen? How did a simple scene evolve into something so grand, so opulent, so extraordinary in its artistry and storytelling? It was an 18th century fusion of historical and social events, a “perfect storm” of traditional Neapolitan reverence for the arts combined with extreme wealth and the competitive desire to display that wealth. During that era, 1734-1805, known as the Golden Age of Naples, the city soared to an artistic, intellectual and cultural apex that was rivalled only by Paris. Too, marriages of Neapolitan royalty with royalty from other European countries, such as Maria Amalia of Saxony and Maria Carolina of Austria, served to bring a more continental and sophisticated air to the Naples artistic scene.

Maria Amalia, queen consort from 1738-1759 of Charles III (King Carlo), was born in Dresden of Saxony, considered the birthplace of European porcelain manufacturing, and among her contributions to the arts of Naples during King Carlo’s 25 year reign was the 1743 introduction of porcelain production, most notably in her sponsorship of the Capodimonte Porcelain Manufactory. It is believed that some of the notable artists who designed for that manufactory also created terra cotta figures for the Neapolitan scenes, some under special commission by the Palace. A history of Carlo’s reign written in 1789 by Pietro D’Onofrio noted the King’s pleasure in watching Maria Amalia sew costumes for the dolls of the scenes, and added

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that the king was amused himself “in the idle hours of the day, with his royal hands, moulding and baking little bricks…shaping the stable, designing the background, putting the statuettes in their place”. As for Maria Carolina of Austria, queen consort from 1768-1814 of Ferdinand IV of Naples, her involvement in the creation and popularity of the dolls was more specific; it is known that she and her court ladies dressed the dolls in fashionable silks and embroideries encrusted with real jewels. In 1784 Maria Caroline established the philanthropic San Leucio colony, a village with its own unique laws and customs whose sole object was to weave silk whose use was so


prevalent in the costuming of Neapolitan figures. Too, Ferdinand and Maria Carolina had a particular fascination with the historical traditional costumes of the region. In 1782 he ordered a set of

prints illustrating these peasant costumes and there is archived literature of instructions given to the sculptor Celebrano concerning the use of these costumes on the dolls that Ferdinand commissioned from him. Ferdinand was also intrigued with the

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burgeoning ethnographic studies of the time, especially the customs and cultures of peoples of the Eastern world, and this was reflected in the Asian, Turkish, and Moorish peoples he commissioned for his scenes. And since whatever was favored by the


royal family was also favored by the aristocracy, the trend blossomed. Of particular interest for today’s collectors of Neapolitan dolls is the desire to identify a figure by its maker. Understandably, collectors are

always curious – “who made this?” Sometimes the desire is driven by a hunger for knowledge, sometimes by a simple desire to categorize, and, sadly, sometimes by ego. This can be problematic. In a rush to assign attribution, it is most important to

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remember certain facts. First, very few of the pieces were signed, and even if a figure was signed, the signature was generally on the inside of the terra cotta head, a location not easily attainable for today’s collector as it would require


dissembling the costume and head in the search. This is a task not recommended for the preservation of the doll!

prediction of the manner of creating the celebrated poupées offered by the luxury Paris boutiques a century late.

Also, an artist did not make the complete doll. Rather, the model might be sculpted by one person (the artist), the terra cotta cast by another, the painting achieved by a third, the carving of the wooden limbs by a fourth, and likely the creation of the utilitarian posable armature by others, and then there was the assembly. And, of course, the costume, the jewelry, the accessories…each created by skilled artisans in their own specialty. This was not unlike the concurrent production of wooden dolls in Bavaria, and a virtual

As for the artists themselves, their backgrounds varied considerably. There was Francesco Celebrano (1729-1814), a celebrated painter and sculptor with many commissions from Ferdinando IV, praised as an expert modeler at the Portici porcelain factory and Painter to the Royal Chamber. On the other far end of the spectrum, there was Lorenzo Mosca (d. 1789) whose lifelong employment was as a high-ranking government bureaucrat, who was considered a dilettante by other sculptors, but whose artistry and specialization in

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exotica, made him in high demand by the aristocratic families seeking the best. And there was Giuseppe Sanmartino (1720-1793), who had studied under an earlier presipio modeler, Bottigliere (1684-1757), and was considered the leading 18th century Neapolitan sculptor in marble and silver, whose presipio figures were described by Molajoli in a 1950 exhibition catalog as being the best “both in penetration and creative freedom”. Sanmartino, in turn, was the tutor of Salvatore di Franco, who even at the end of the 18th century, was noted for his works of intensity and imagination.


And there was Nicola Ingaldo, Giuseppe Gori, Camillo Celebrano (the son of afore-mentioned Francesco Celebrano), Francesco Cappello, Giovan Polidoro, and Francesco Gallo, all sculptors in the late 1700s/early 1800s. One might wonder why these artists did not freely sign their names. It is important to remember that the creation of the Neapolitan presipio figures was considered playful art rather than the fine art of marble and stone for which many of them were so celebrated. The sculpting of “common folk” with all their unenchanting features such as warts and goiters, their wrinkles and their grimaces, was exclusive to the Neapolitan doll, and as Elio Catello notes in the introduction to the 2008 Kimball exhibition “allow[ed] the peasant classes to be depicted in a sympathetic light – still with all their foibles and in all their misery, but also with a sense of humor”. The sculpting of these figures by the celebrated fine artists was, thus, a pleasant aside from their more serious work, and, practically speaking, a source of ready day-to-day income. That their skills and talent spilled over into the creation of Neapolitan dolls is our benefit today but not the work for which they aimed to be more remembered. So, what can one do about assigning an artist’s name to a particular work? Research continues into the archives to

locate references to specific models. Collectors study techniques and artistry of those examples that are signed. And, then, occasionally and carefully, we “attribute”, meaning the piece bears the stylistic techniques and

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the quality of that artist who is likely its modeler. One collector summed it perfectly, “I see it as a wonderful opportunity for study and research, and it helps hone my collecting skills to choose for quality rather than just for a label”.


sought by collectors today. There was the mid-late 1700s French wooden court doll, usually posed in the presence of other court figures, each of which was singularly carved to represent a specific person, their collective purpose to insinuate a rumored scandal of the court. There was the English wooden doll, often housed in a perfectly scaled setting designed as a replica of the family manor, replete with a bounty of related miniatures from everyday life. The Japanese Ningyo of this same era, too, were showcased to tell a story, punctuated with accessories ranging from animals to furnishings to foods; this was most tellingly evident in the elaborate arrangements created for annual celebrations.

Although today’s doll collectors tend to place the Neapolitan doll is a special sphere, apart from the general lineage of doll history, it is very important to know that these splendid dolls occupy a logical point in doll chronology. Yet despite the artistic quality of these dolls, despite their variety of facial models, despite the masterpiece quality of their costuming, the collecting of these dolls remains an outlier in most doll collecting circles today. Why is that?

representations of people, as they lend themselves to feed our imagination, as they can be posed in infinite scenes, as each face speaks differently to each observer, so they are dolls. That their clothes could not be removed and re-dressed without damage to the costume is hardly an argument, as this is generally true of most dolls created during this time period when costumes were commonly tacked or glued to the bodies.

Some argue that they are not really dolls, they are not playthings. This is folly. As dolls are miniature

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In Germany, the tradition was even more dominant, ranging from the extraordinary Mon Plaisir doll mansion of Princess August Dorothea which comprised over 400 dolls and 2670 pieces of furniture and accessories, arranged to represent everyday life in the village as well as the palace, to the carved wooden crib figures of old Bavaria and the Tyrol. “The accumulation of architectural detail is as characteristic of the Tyrol cribs as the superabundance of figures. A crib belonging to the Jaufental family… mingled dwellings of the Tyrol Alps with architecture of the Renaissance, Temples, and a hill castle. For the six scenes [which] it represented it utilized twentyfour buildings, 256 human and 154 animal figures” wrote Max Von Boehn in Dolls and Puppets, 1956.


For each of these dolls, characterization was paramount. Facial expressions were sculpted and painted to represent moods of festivity, anger, anguish, joy and every other emotion imaginable. Bodies were designed to articulate, to a greater or lesser degree, the better to enhance the expression through pose, while costuming, ranging from sumptuous silks and embroidery to simple homespun and lambswool, defined the social station of each person. Dolls were theatre! It is also interesting to view the Neapolitan doll as it preluded later doll production of the 1800s and 1900s. For example, the Neapolitan industry-wide use of terra cotta (easier to sculpt, less expensive to produce), the development of the articulated posable armature body (all the better for “play”), and, importantly, the divided labor in the actual making of the doll (the artist to sculpt the mold, the caster to pour the mold, and so on) all foretold materials and techniques of doll production in France and Germany in the next century. The sculpting of fashionable hair styles and carved hats or hair ornaments was mirrored in the 1860/1880s modeled hair dolls of Germany, many of which seem to be virtual duplicates of the earlier Neapolitan models. Too, comparison with the doll facial models of the German art character movement of the early 1900s reveals its roots in the exceptional realism of the Neapolitan dolls.

Conclusion The Golden Age of the Neapolitan doll lasted scarcely a century. The secular direction of this doll had begun in the late 1600s, gathered steam in the early 1700s and, finally, upon the prevalent use of terra cotta, which allowed a variety of facial models, and the “new” armature body which allowed posing in scenes, did the movement reach its peak. The fad fed upon itself, inspired in no little degree by the wealth of the aristocracy, the playful and extravagant atmosphere of the times, and the patronage of the royal family.

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Then, as fads will tend to do, it ended. The heyday was over by the early 1800s, although some lesser work continued for several decades. Some important collections were kept intact, yet many other family collections began to be dispersed at that time. It was only in the late 1800s that some few art lovers re-discovered the genre, and not until the mid-to-late 1900s that serious collecting began. One of these collectors has been Hanne Büktas and her judicious preservation of these rare dolls is a gift to history and art. x


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1. Neapolitan Angel with Carved Wooden Wings Attributed to Ingaldo 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with sculpted tousled brown curly hair, enamel eyes, parted lips with tiny painted teeth, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs to above the knees, bare feet, antique woven metallic thread gown, and with attached wooden wings having carved detail of feathering, original cream/ochre/teal blue finish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, attributed to Nicola Ingaldo, mid/late 1700s, his works were recorded in the inventory of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. $1100/1300 Opposite Left to Right: 31, 84, 83, 2

2. Beautiful Neapolitan Court Lady in Elegant Costume 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead sculpted tilted to the side, oval face, elongated throat, defined modeled bosom, brown sculpted hair waved loosely from face and captured in loose curls at her nape, enamel eyes, exquisitely painted complexion, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden hands and legs, original ivory silk gown with Juliet sleeves, braid sash and tiny bead trim, undergarments, flannel coiffe with Alencon lace and tiny beads. Excellent condition, some light paint wear on hands. Neapolitan, mid-1700s in the manner of Sanmartino. $1500/1700

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3. Neapolitan Village Man with Wheeled Cart 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting a highlycharacterized man with strong nose, high cheeks, enamel eyes, firm closed mouth, painted black curly hair under attached leather cap, tow-wrapped body, carved wooden arms and legs with wrapped leggings and sandal straps, wearing original worker costume with detailed features including belt, short pants, flannel vest, and shirt, pushing a wooden single-wheeled cart with wooden barrel. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid/late 1700s, highly-characterized face whose features are enhanced by ruddy nose and cheeks, stubbly chin, finely-crafted wooden cart. $1400/1800

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4. Neapolitan Lady with Rare Double-Looped Chignon 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of lady with modeled bosom and throat hollow, sculpted brown curly hair waved behind her sculpted ears and forming into a double-looped chignon at the back of her head, enamel inset eyes, well-formed features with defined chin, closed mouth, towwrapped posable body, carved wooden arms and legs, very expressive individually-carved fingers, painted green stockings, carved black shoes with red buckles and heels, wearing original folklore costume with well-detailed vest, beaded and gilt necklaces, and carrying woven market basket with flowers. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, especially fine detail of modeling of both hands and fingers. $2000/2500

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5. Neapolitan Lady with Rare Sculpted Green Cap 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned to the left with heart-shaped face, well-defined throat hollow and defined bosom, brown sculpted hair with tendrils of curls around her face and over her sculpted ears, sculpted green cap with red corners, enamel eyes, charming turned-up nose tip, closed mouth, tow-wrapped posable body, expressively-carved wooden hands and painted blue stockings and red shoes, wearing original low bodice folklore costume with embroidered details, apron, blue apron streamers, and carrying woven basket of fruit. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, most beguiling facial expression enhanced by artistic painting, rare sculpted cap. $1600/1900

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6. Genovese Carved Wooden Mountain Goat 10" (25 cm.) One-piece carved wooden mountain goat posed on back legs, her front legs raised, with sculpted detail of horns, goatee, open mouth, whiskers, and udder, realistic texturing of hide which is shaded black and white, on original wooden base. Excellent condition. Genovese, mid-1700s, a nearly identical piece attributed to G. Pittaluga is in the archives of the Palazzo Rosso in Genoa. $800/1100

7. Neapolitan Young Man with Wind-Blown Sculpted Hair 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of serious young man with sculpted short brown hair in tousled wind-blown manner, enamel eyes, welldefined cheekbones and nose, tow-wrapped posable body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and painted tan shoes with black buckles, wearing original brown velvet jacket with gold braid, silk vest, linen pants, shirt. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, outstanding detail of modeling and artistic painting. $1800/2400

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8. Neapolitan Black Prince in Jeweled Costume with Gold-Tipped Spear 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, ebony black complexion, sculpted short cropped curly hair, black enamel up-glancing eyes, sculpted brows, distinctively-modeled nose and firm lips, impressed facial lines, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted black stockings, brown knee-high boots, wearing ivory silk faille tunic with hand-stitched vest with inset faux-emeralds and paillettes, metallic embroidery, magenta silk breeches, blue silk jacket with rich embroidery and sequin trim, earrings, and carrying wooden-handled spear with gold-plated tip with shaped figural designs. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding portraiture and sculpting, superb costume. $2400/2800

Preceding Pages: Back Row Left to Right: 246, 254, 96, 167, 97, 158, 8 Front Row Left to Right: 173, 174, 156, 90, 165, 166

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During the Golden Age of Neapolitan dolls, the Magi (or Three Wise Men) were central figures, not only representing the original nativity scene, but also the most exuberant portrait dolls inspired by the burgeoning interest in Eastern culture encouraged by King Ferdinand IV. Splendidly costumed, some on very rare occasions, such as the three shown here, astride a superbly decorated horse, and with sculpted facial expressions of the highest artistry, they perfectly exemplify the concept “the doll as theatre�.

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9. Neapolitan Balthazar, King of Arabia, in Splendid Robes, on Horseback 20" (51 cm.) h. 28"w. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead portraying young black-complexioned man with tightly-cropped sculpted hair, enamel eyes, aristocratic features, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs with carved leg sashes, wearing original royal costume comprising yellow silk trousers, fitted green silk vest, lined red silk long coat, ivory silk collared cape, thickly-padded turban, and with metal sword; each costume element is richly encrusted with gilt threaded embroidery and applique paillettes and pearls. Seated upon a cream painted terra cotta horse with deeply-sculpted mane and tail, enamel eyes, lavishly-fitted with gold-encrusted saddle over fringed yellow silk saddle blanket, sculpted brass bits, noseband and stirrups, and posed on wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, portraying Balthazar. King of Arabia, and bearer of myrrh in the traditional Magi scene. Outstanding in its presentation with extraordinary original costume in every small detail, superb sculpting, and finest state of preservation. $10,000/12,000

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10. Neapolitan Caspar, King of Tarsus, in Royal Robes on Horse 22" (56 cm.) seated. 18"w. horse. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead portraying aged grey-haired bearded man, deeply-sculpted hair and flowing beard, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, carved and painted distinctive green open-toed boots with gold rims, wearing very lavish original royal costume with overall gilt metallic embroidery and beading, comprising silk striped harem pants, lined silk fitted tunic, lined blue velvet jacket, golden silk cape with tasseled trim, padded draped turban with pearl beading and silk tip, sash with gilt sabre, and seated on brown painted terra cotta horse with enamel eyes, deeply-sculpted mane and tail, with decorated red velvet saddle and decorated harness, on wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, portraying Caspar, King of Tarsus, bearer of gold in the traditional Magi scene. The model is extraordinary, only in its luxury size, but in its magnificent sculpting, lavish costume, and perfectly-preserved condition. $10,000/12,000

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11. Neapolitan Melchior, King of Persia, in Royal Robes on Horse 23" (58 cm.) seated. 20"w. horse. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead portraying young slender-faced man with deeply-sculpted brown hair and trimmed brown chin beard, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, carved and painted brown open-toed boots, wearing original royal costume comprising silk striped harem pants, green silk fitted tunic, paper-lined burgundy silk jacket, lined golden silk cape with tasseled collar, padded draped turban with pearl beading, sash, "jeweled" necklace, and seated on black painted terra cotta horse with enamel eyes, deeply-sculpted brown mane and tail, with red velvet saddle over fringed and metallic-thread embroidered saddle blanket, cast metal stirrups and harness trim, on wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, portraying Melchior, King of Persia, bearer of gifts in the traditional Magi scene. Wonderfully-detailed and rare figure with exceptional detail of horse modeled and decorations. $9000/12,000

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12. Neapolitan Young Boy in Blue Laced Vest 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned to the right, sculpted windblown brown short hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped armature body, sculpted wooden arms and legs, painted rumpled blue leggings and brown shoes with red straps, wearing original costume comprising blue homespun lined and laced vest, white shirt, woolen pants. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, especially fine detail of intelligent gaze on the rare to find smaller model. $900/1100

13. Wooden Chair with Gilt Accented Crest and Finials 9" (23 cm.) The ladder-back chair with carved detail of spindles and finials has ropewoven seat, and green painted finish with gilt-accented carvings on crest back, spindles,

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finials and ball feet. Excellent condition. Late 1700s, rare miniature chair with strong craftsman presence. $300/400

14. Neapolitan Shaggy Dog with Detailed Features 3 ½" (9 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta dog with sculpted shaggy fur and curled tail, well-detailed whiskers, shaded brown and white painted finish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $500/700

15. Neapolitan Bald-Headed Country Gentleman 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of gentleman with bald pate and sculpted tufts of hair at forehead and over each ear, enamel eyes, well-defined chin, closed mouth with shy smile and painted row of teeth, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted blue/green stockings and black shoes, wearing original costume comprising silk-lined velvet jacket with gold braid and silver buttons, silk vest and cummerbund, textured short pants, brown cap. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, exceptional and expressive modeling of kindlyfaced older man. $1600/1900

16. Neapolitan Lady with Braided Chignon 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned to the right, defined throat hollow and bosom, brown sculpted hair with short tendrils of curls framing the face and nape, and forming into a large loosely-braided chignon at the back, enamel eyes, closed mouth with two painted teeth, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted red stockings, blue painted clogs, wearing original costume comprising burgundy silk and velvet costume with richly hand-embroidered details, muslin undergarment, silver and coral necklace, mushroom-shaped basket with flowers. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, rare coiffure with exquisite detail of expression and complexion. $1700/2100

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17. Neapolitan Woman with Rare Sculpted White Bonnet 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed shoulderhead turned to the left, modeled bosom, sculpted white bonnet with gathered back and having brown sculpted hair framing the face and forming into frivolous curls in front of her ears, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with painted teeth and tongue tip, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black painted shoes, wearing original silk costume with handmade lace and gilt braid trim, lined silk apron with metallic trim, carrying woven basket with goods. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid/late 1700s, rarity factors include well-detailed bonnet, eyes and mouth. $1800/2200

18. Neapolitan Lady with Smiling Expression 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned to the side, brown sculpted hair waved loosely from her face and gathered in a casual bun at the back crown, large enamel eyes, closed mouth with wide smiling expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and shoes, wearing silk costume comprising peach and emerald green silk brocade with gilt metallic trim, apron, and holding a metal lidded tureen in her outstretched hands. Excellent condition, some professional restoration to fingers. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, unique charming expression enhanced by exquisite painting of facial features. $1800/2200

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19. Italian Porcelain Miniature Table with Gargoyle Design 6" (15 cm.) l. Of heavy porcelain, the table with green marble-like finish is supported by four coral-tinted porcelain gargoyles with gilded wings and accents, and four fitted porcelain dishes and containers on the table surface. Excellent condition. Italian, 1800s. $600/800

20. Tinplate Table with Assortment of Carved Wooden Meats, and Basket of Wooden Ducks 7" (18 cm.) table l. The tinplate table displays a number of butcher's carved meats including roasts, hams, pig's head, sausages, bologna, and complete body for pig roast, along with a basket of carved wooden ducks, each with original painted finish. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $600/900

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21. Early Tinplate Stove with Flat-Iron Warmers 11" (28 cm.) The four-legged tinplate stove is designed for heating flat-irons, of which four cast iron irons are included as well as heating copper tea pot, also included. The stove is accented with brass rosettes and brass knobs for opening oven doors. Excellent condition. Mid-1800s. $400/600

22. Miniature Wooden "Grabber" with Tin Hooks 6 ½" (17 cm.) The wooden-handled dowel-stick has tin wrapped tip with two protruding hooks, and was designed for butcher or shop owner to "grab" a meat or supply from a high shelf or hook. Excellent condition. Circa 1800, rare accessory. $200/300

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24. Miniature Wooden Cabinet with Intricate Inlay 8" (20 cm.) Wooden cabinet with veneer surface inlaid in intricate pattern of stripes and checks features a hinged lid and single drawer above a double-door lower cabinet which opens to three interior drawers, each with a different inlay pattern. Excellent condition. Mid-1800s. $300/400

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25. Outstanding Neapolitan Bearded Man with Pipe Attributed to Sanmartino 18" (46 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of deeply-tanned man, his head inclined and gazing to the side, very thick sculpted unruly hair with defined locks onto his forehead, sculpted stubbly beard and moustache, enamel eyes, pronounced nose, defined chest cavity, towwrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, very expressive carving of fingers, wearing original costume comprising brown wool twill suit and homespun vest each with hand-stitched lacing holes, matching pants, burlap leggings, kidskin sandals, and with glass flask in woven bottle, kidskin water bottle with wooden cap, and bone-tipped wooden pipe. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, attributed to Giuseppe Sanmartino, one of the leading sculptors of 18th century Naples, his works included presepio figures such as this as well as full sculptures, silver, and statuettes. $5000/7000

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26. Important Neapolitan Asian Man with Dramatic Expression Attributed to Giovan Polidoro 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of strongly-featured man with rich complexion, his head turned to the side, bald pate with shaded hair shadow and sculpted center crown tuft which extends at the back to his nape, highly-defined ears, enamel eyes, deeply-incised facial wrinkles, curved sculpting of brows, well-sculpted very thick moustache, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing original costume of striped homespun shirt and matching blanket, striped cotton breeches, silver necklace, and carrying woven basket with leather straps. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, attributed to Giovan Battista Polidoro, an identical attributed figure appeared in the famous Catello Collection. The rare model has exemplary sculpting, portrayal, and wonderfullypreserved state. $4500/6500

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28. Early Carved Wooden Chair with Gold Leaf Finish 15" (38 cm.) The carved wooden arm chair with high arched back has elaborate carving and is finished in rich gold leaf, with velvet upholstery. Excellent condition. Continental, late 1700s. $400/500 28.

29. Neapolitan Baby with Long Flowing Curls 5" (13 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta one-piece baby with extended arms and crossed ankles is sculpted with long flowing blonde curls, enamel eyes, open mouth with tiny teeth and tongue tip, body details, incised hole at crown with inserted metallic flower, white baby gown included. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding sculpting of the tiny model enhanced by artistic painting and blushing accents. $900/1200

27. Neapolitan Lady of the Court in Elaborate Silk Costume 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead with heart-shaped face and elongated throat, brown sculpted hair waved loosely from face into ribbon-entwined chignon at her crown and little curls at her nape, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and Preceding Pages: Left to Right: 31, 84, 2, 30, 27

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30. Neapolitan Merchant with Very Expressive Features Carrying Wooden Chest 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead tilted to the side in a beseeching manner, sculpted black hair in casual brushed curls, enamel eyes, impressed facial wrinkles, strong nose, smiling expression with row of painted teeth, sculpted bushy moustache, painted sideburns, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted wrinkled aqua leggings, brown shoes with black bows, fingers posed as though presenting a treasure, wearing original red silk costume with gilt trim, and carrying carved wooden treasure chest with painted gilt trim. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, rare model with very demonstrative expression enhanced by artistic painting. $1400/1600

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31. Neapolitan Smiling Lady with Gentle Demeanor 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned slightly to the side, brown sculpted hair with tendrils of curls around the forehead and in front of sculpted ears, waved loosely back into a formed chignon captured under a fitted gold metallic cap, heavy-lidded enamel eyes, closed mouth with slightly-upturned lip corners forming a gentle smile, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, green painted stockings, black heeled shoes with red bows, wearing original elaborate silk and velvet costume with rich braid and embroidery. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, superb state of preservation and unique portrait-like expression. $2200/2800

31.1. Early Wooden Cabinet with Early Paper Lining 9" (23 cm.) x 8" x 4"d. The wooden cabinet has original patinated green/ brown finish, paneled sides and two drawers, the upper compartment is a faux-drawer which hinges open to form into a blanket chest and which is lined with original hand-painted papers including urn and garland design on inside lid. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $600/900

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body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, carved stocking trim, wearing original luxury magenta silk costume comprising vest that is heavily encrusted with metallic embroidery and accented with faux emeralds and rubies, sash with lappets, matching long-tail jacket and fringed ivory silk faille lined floorlength cape, elaborate wrapped turban with large ruby medallion. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very fine sculpting especially for small model, outstanding costume. $1500/1700

9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead with brown sculpted hair drawn loosely back, captured under a painted green snood and crowned with a carved wooden diadem, enamel eyes, aquiline nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, wearing original silk burgundy gown with metallic trim, and carrying silver basket and silver coffer with hinged lid. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare sculpted snood and diadem. $1200/1500

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12" (30 cm.) Of fine softpaste faience with white background that is decorated with scrolled garlands which encircle colorful flowers and countryside scenes, with matching finish on the interior and with rare rosewood door accented with tiny gold bead borders. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $1700/2500

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35. Neapolitan Principessa with Superb Original Costume and Coiffe 21" (53 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead with regal expression, brown sculpted hair in long flowing curls, brown enamel heavily-lidded eyes, solemn expression, full throat and chin, sculpted ears, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet with carved sandal base, wearing original ivory satin gown with stitched paper lining, coral silk faille skirt, gold metallic braid trim, gilt metal-braid cap with floor-length cascading metallic thread veil, gold and pearl necklace, motherof-pearl reticule on silver link chain. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, outstanding portraiture is enhanced by meticulously-constructed original regal costume. $2800/3800

36. Early Fruitwood Arched Cabinet 5" (13 cm.) The fruitwood hanging cabinet has gracefully arched top, hinged front door, three glass windows, and blue silk faille lined interior. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $300/500

36.1. Austrian Marble and Bronze Bust of Lady by Peter Tereszczuk 4" (10 cm.) Posed upon a square marble base is a bust of woman with carved bone face and hair, her head and shoulders enclosed by cast bronze head scarf. Incised P.Tereszczuk. Excellent condition. Peter Tereszczuk, Austrian, circa 1900. $300/500

37. Early Continental Fruitwood Cabinet with Marquetry Inlay 13" (33 cm.) 10"h. The fruitwood threedrawer chest has shaped front above three drawers with curved detail and is accented with rich marquetry inlay designs on top, sides and drawer front, ball feet, cast brass knobs, and unusual original marbled paper lining in each drawer. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $800/1200

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38. Neapolitan Angel with Wooden Wings 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, brown sculpted curled flowing hair, enamel eyes in downcast pose, defined throat hollow, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower limbs, bare feet with carved sandal base, detachable carved wooden wings with original painted finish, wearing original ivory satin gown with richly-embroidered gilt metallic accents and silver incense burner on chain. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1900s. $1800/2500

39. Outstanding Neapolitan Angel with Carved Wooden Wings Attributed to Ingaldo 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side and gazing upward, sculpted brown curly hair, enamel eyes, parted lips with tiny painted teeth and tongue tip, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs to above the knees, bare feet, wire-framed gown, attached wooden wings (12" span) having carved detail of feathering, original cream/ochre finish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, attributed to Nicola Ingaldo, mid/late 1700s, his works were recorded in the inventory of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. $1800/2500

40. Neapolitan Angel with Deeply Carved Wooden Wings 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted brown flowing hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs to above the knees, bare feet, original patterned costume with silver lace trim, attached wooden wings (9" span) having very deep carving of feathers, original cream/brown/blue finish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $1300/1500

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7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted brown short curly hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs to above the knees, bare feet, original robe with gilt lace trim, attached wooden wings (6" span) with carved detail of feathers having original cream/brown/blue finish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $900/1100

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44. Neapolitan Earthenware Goat and Baby Lamb 3 ½" (9 cm.) goat. 4 ½" lamb. Each sculpted of earthenware, including goat with sculpted horns, ears and goatee, well-defined sculpting of hide; and hobbled lamb with up-tilted head and carved open mouth. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $500/700

42. Neapolitan Oxen with Grand Sculpted Horns 10" (25 cm.) l. The standing oxen is posed with well-defined musculature, curled tail, detailed hooves, bead eyes, horns, nostrils, and long curled horns with incised detailing. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

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6" (15 cm.) Polychromed earthenware of reclining cow, its head turned to the side, with sculpted horns and ears, well-defined curled tail, hooves, painted cream and brown with defined features of dewlap, eyes, muzzle. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

8" (20 cm.) Polychromed earthenware donkey with shaded brown/ochre finish has developed musculature, sculpted mane, ears and curled tail, painted eyes. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

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46. Neapolitan Peasant with Farm Tools 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of peasant man with gaunt features, grey sculpted hair brushed to the side, with sideburns, moustache and scraggly beard, enamel eyes, pronounced nose, painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing brown homespun costume with laced tunic, breeches, long cape, cap, and carrying wooden farm tools. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $1200/1600

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47. Petite Neapolitan lady with Silver Necklace 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead with modeled bosom, head turned to the side and gazing down, sculpted brown hair with curls framing the face and framed by a painted maroon hair bow, chignon at crown, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted red stockings and brown wooden clogs, wearing original elaborate silk costume with rich embroidery, carrying basket of fruit, and with silver filigree necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, remarkable detail of embroidery on original costume. $1200/1800

48. Neapolitan Elderly Lady with Modeled Cap 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting an elderly woman with head turned in profile, well-defined details of age lines, sternly-set lips, hollow shoulderblades and defined goiter, enamel eyes, painted and modeled grey cap capturing her hair behind her sculpted ears, tow-wrapped posable armature body with carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original costume with dainty embroidery and silver edged apron, green velvet vest, gold chain necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding detail of sculpted features, very fine costume. $1800/2500

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49. Neapolitan Young Girl with Brown Curly Hair 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead turned to the side, brown sculpted hair in short windblown curls pulled into a coiled bun at the back of head, enamel eyes, parted lips with tongue tip, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings with black shoes and red buckles, wearing original silk folklore style costume. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, circa 1800. $900/1100

50. Neapolitan Young Lad with Baby Piglet 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting young lad, sculpted short brown side-parted windblown hair, enamel eyes, painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted stockings and black shoes with red bows, wearing original silk costume comprising blue lined jacket, silk vest, burgundy breeches, and carrying little earthenware piglet. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late1700. $1200/1500

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51. Neapolitan Kneeling Shepherd with Lambs and Hen in Basket 7" (18 cm.) kneeling. Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead of shepherd, sculpted short windblown hair, enamel eyes, mouth sculpted as though open with little teeth and tongue tip, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and lower legs, wearing original costume comprising laced homespun shirt under fleeced vest, brown breeches, leggings, kidskin sandals. Along with two carved wooden lambs with fine detail, and polychromed earthenware hen with painted and sculpted feathers resting in basket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1400/1800

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52. Miniature Flower Cart and Cast Metal Watering Can 6 ½" (17 cm.) l. Wooden cart with ebony black finish has double pump-handle to activate movement, has four spoked wheels and brass applique decorations, along with two wooden buckets with brass rims, and a brass finished watering can with incised decorations on each side, incised Septimus. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $700/900

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53. Important Neapolitan Portrait of Dark-Complexioned Lady Attributed to Celebrano 22" (56 cm.) Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead of lady with glowing brown complexion, sculpted black hair with loose curls framing her face and drawn into a loosely coiled bun at her crown with cascading curls onto her nape and sides of neck, very ample modeled bosom, brown enamel eyes, sculpted parted lips with painted teeth and tongue tip, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing silk folklore costume with metallic braid accents, coral bead and gilt necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, circa mid/late 1700s, attributed to the school of Francesco Celebrano who served as director of modelers for the Naples Royal Factory for ten years with particular attention to presepio figures. $3800/5200

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54. Very Rare Neapolitan Portrait Gentleman in Velvet Suit Attributed to Sanmartino 23" (58 cm.) Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead turned to the side, angular facial shape with strong aristocratic features, enamel eyes, slightly-parted lips, teeth, sculpted ears, black sculpted hair with singular cluster of curls at center forehead, tousled curls at sides and back, closelycropped beard with shadow stubble, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare legs with original cobbled leather shoes and fitted leather buttoned leggings, wearing blue/ cream striped velvet gentleman's suit, plaid velvet vest, lace trimmed shirt, silk sash and tie. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, attributed to Giuseppe Sanmartino, considered the most notable of the known 18th century sculptors whose works included presepio figures. $3800/5200

55. Neapolitan Brown Horse with Homespun Saddle and Embroidered Harness 18" (46 cm.) l. 15"h. Brown horse with welldeveloped musculature detail, well-detailed deeply-sculpted black mane and tail, upright ears, enamel eyes, hand-stitched homespun padded saddle with leather braces and straps, leather harness with embroidered silk ribbon panels. Excellent condition, original finish with some light craquelure on nose bridge and one leg. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1600/1900

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56. Early Ebony Cabinet with Bone Inlay and Pulls 13" (33 cm.) h. Wooden cabinet with ebony finish and ten ebony and rosewood drawers outlined with bone striping is accented with striped bone and ebony side columns and has bone drawer pulls. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $800/1100

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58. Early Six-Arm Brass and Crystal Chandelier 7 ½" (19 cm.) Cast brass six-arm chandelier with crown-shaped support is decorated with ten cascading crystal prisms around a center pole with large prismatic crystals, and with a circlet of crystals forming a half-orb at the bottom. Excellent condition, one candleholder rim missing. Continental, early 1800s. $1200/1700 57.

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59. Early Carved Wooden Chest with Hammered Silver Hardware, Provenance 5 ½" (14 cm.) The handcarved wooden domed chest has original ebony finish with white carvings, hammered silver bail handle, and front clasp and hinges open to silklined fitted interior. An early paper label on the underside. $900/1100

60. Neapolitan Prince with Dagger and Scabbard 12 ½" (32 cm.) Polychromed earthenware shoulderhead of young prince, shaved bald pate excepting sculpted tuft at back crown, enamel eyes, sculpted parted lips, row of tiny teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted green knee-high boots with red rims, wearing original silk costume comprising lined silk jacket with metallic trim, silk skirt with tallic yoke and coral buttons, silk sash, breeches, turban, and carrying metal scabbard and dagger. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, most expressive features and distinctive hair design. $1500/1700

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high arched back and is upholstered in patterned blue velvet trimmed with brass studs and fringed braid. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/500

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62. Pair, Superb Early Embroidered Wall Hangings 40" (102 cm.) x 21". In gilt, cream and red threads, with various floral designs, the embroideries are worked on blue silk which is stitched to natural linen backing. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $1200/1800

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22" (56 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting strong-featured blackcomplexioned man, enamel eyes, sculpted short cropped curled hair, firmly-set lips, tow-wrapped posable body with sculpted wooden lower arms and legs, painted black shoes and white stockings, wearing original costume of Persian prince comprising red silk coat with superb gilt thread embroidery over embroidered ivory silk vest, shirt, gold silk pants, coral necklace with silver jointings, and very elaborate turban enclosing silver crown and ornamented with strands of pearls. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, luxury presepio in grand size, superb sculpting and exceptional costume. $2800/3800

64. Continental Burled Wooden Bombe Chest with Porcelain Accents 13" (33 cm.) w. x 11"h. x 8"d. Of fine exotic wood featuring a burled walnut top, inlay rosewood panels on walnut drawers, bombe shaped front and sides, six hand-painted porcelain scenes enclosed by elaborate brass drawer pulls and with matching escutcheons and brass mounts on the legs and feet, key included. Excellent condition. Continental, mid-1800s. $1200/1600

65. Pair of Austrian Silver Gilt and Enamel Tankards with Figural Finials and Maker's Mark 5" (13 cm.) Each with a different mythological enamel scene in elaborate detail mounted on silver gilt tankard with raised designs on the base and hinged lid, and each with figural finial of armor-suited knight. With Austrian marked of S.G. Vienna. Austrian, possibly Simon Grunwald, mid-1800s. $800/1200

66. Continental Gilt Wooden Cabinet with Wax Child 12" (30 cm.) h. case 4" doll. Of carved wood with arched crest and rich gold leaf painted finish, the display niche is silk lined with gilt metallic thread and displays a poured wax child wearing original green velvet costume with rich gilt metallic threads and embroidery. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $1200/1500

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67. Neapolitan Bald Man with Mandolin Attributed to Francesco Celebrano 16" (41 cm.) seated. 19" standing. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of aged man with bald pate, darkened complexion, enamel eyes, sculpted ears, ruddy nose and cheeks, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs with painted blue stockings, black tied leggings, brown shoes with red buckles, wearing original costume of homespun laced vest, blue lined pants, fleeced lined homespun coat with lacing closures, black felt cap, and posed seated in wooden chair (included) holding early wooden mandolin with mother-of-pearl inlay designs. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, attributed to Francesco Celebrano whose works were held in high esteem by Ferdenand IV; this example has exceptional modeling of facial features, and superbly sculpted fingers, rare carving of wooden boots and leggings, early costume and mandolin. $4800/5600

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68. Neapolitan Gentleman Burgher with Fine Costume 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta depicting a solemn-faced gentleman with intelligent gaze, bald forehead crown, sculpted shaded brown hair at sides and back crown, enamel brown eyes, strong cheek bones and chin, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and tan shoes with red buckles, wearing original lined linen coat with silk covered buttons, vest with matching buttons, sash, green silk twill breeches. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, an especially fine sculpting with refined features. $1500/1700

69. Neapolitan Village Lady with Unusual Blonde Hair 9 ½" (24 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned sharply to the side with up-tilted face, sculpted blonde hair loosely waved from face into large coiled bun at the back, with tendrils onto her nape, sharply-chiseled angular features and incised age wrinkles, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and shoes, wearing original costume of village lady. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1800s. $900/1200

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70. Petite Neapolitan Young Girl with Superb Costume 10 ½" (27 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of plump-faced young lady, her head turned proudly to the side, down-gazing brown enamel eyes, slight smile, sculpted auburn hair in long flowering curls onto her shoulders, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original costume of green silk skirt trimmed with gilt thread, muslin blouse, embroidered arms and apron, and velvet-edged gilt metallic woven cap. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1800/2100

71. Neapolitan Feathered Bird 6" (15 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta bird with shaded details of feathering to enhance the sculpting, painted eyes, defined beak, posed on wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s. $500/700

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72. Neapolitan Burgher in Fine Silk Costume 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting an aristocratic balding gentleman, bald pate, sculpted grey sidelock and nape hair, grey stubbly beard and moustache, enamel eyes, pronounced nose, mouth modeled open with two side teeth, tongue tip, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, carved details of wrinkles in leggings, black painted shoes with red buckles, wearing rich silk costume comprising blue coat with silk braid trim and buttons, magenta silk breeches, silk vest, sash. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, notable for fine artistry of sculpting and lavish costume. $1400/1800

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73. Neapolitan Elderly Woman with Exceptional Sculpting 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting an elderly woman with wizened 72.

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features and throat, enamel eyes, strong nose and chin, impressed wrinkles, brown sculpted centerpart hair waved loosely from face and gathered in coiled bun, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk folklore costume with gold beaded necklace and embroidered detail of apron. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, exceptional detail of portraiture. $1400/1800

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74. Neapolitan Woman with Taufling Baby 16" (41 cm.) h. 12" seated. 5"h. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of lady with up-tilted head, sculpted black hair with short curls at forehead and ears, then pulled into coiled braid, with red hair bands, enamel eyes, strong nose, slight smile, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk costume comprising green gown with laced bodice top, coral silk apron and sleeves with metallic gilt trim. The woman is posed seated on wooden rush chair (included) and is holding a terra cotta taufling baby wrapped in original matching swaddling costume. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, rare with original matching baby. $1700/2100

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76. Neapolitan Lying Ox Attributed to Francesco Gallo 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta ox with painted black and cream hide, patches of cream around the eyes, muzzle and dewdrop, enamel eyes, defined hooves, tail, mane, ears and horns. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s/early 1800s, attributed to Francesco Gallo who was a modeler at the Royal Porcelain Factory specializing in animals. $1100/1300

77. Neapolitan Resting Cow 6" (15 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta depicting a resting cow, painted in shades of cream and black, with well-defined pink-shaded nose and inner ears, curled tail. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $500/700

75. Neapolitan Mountain Goat Attributed to Francesco Gallo 4 ½" (11 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta mountain goat posed on self-base with ground cover finish, has brown shaggy coat, short tail, extended curled horns, white shaded beard, enamel eyes. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s/early 1800s, attributed to Francesco Gallo, modeled of animals at the Royal Porcelain Factory. $1300/1600

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78. Neapolitan Aged Peasant Man with Turban and Rare Carved Leggings 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting an aged man with stern expression, deeply-impressed facial lines and scowls, enamel eyes, strong nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted wrinkled leggings with attached sandals, wearing original costume comprising green linen jacket with lacing, brown linen vest with lacing, neck wrap with matching turban, brown linen breeches, and with silver lidded jar on cord. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding sculpting and well-preserved original costume, unusual sculpting of leggings. $1500/1800


81. Two Neapolitan Baskets of Food 4" (10 cm.) diam. Each woven basket is set with polychromed terra cotta sculpted victuals, one basket containing bread stuffs and rolls, and the other with various meats. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $300/400

82. Neapolitan Woman Holding Rooster 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of woman with sculpted hair waved back into coiled bun, enamel eyes, two sculpted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted red stockings, green clogs, wearing original costume, and carrying polychromed terra cotta rooster with black bead eyes. Figure excellent, costume very worn. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

79. Neapolitan Lad with Wooden Bucket 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting young lad with up-tilted head, brown tousled windblown hair, enamel eyes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk costume comprising jacket with silver buttons, vest, shirt, tie, and silk breeches with gilt metallic trim, carrying wooden bucket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, most expressive features of young lad enhanced by fine artistic painting. $1200/1500

80. Early Continental Earthenware Stove with Original Pots 9" (23 cm.) x 8" x 9". The earthenware stove with glazed finish has chimney back and is fitted with four original lidded pots, kettle, two bowls and tray. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $800/1100

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83. Neapolitan Black Persian Boy with Ornamental Small-Sword 11" (28 cm.) seated. 14" standing. Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting young man with black complexion, enamel eyes, black painted brows and sculpted tightly-curled hair, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted black stockings, brown slippers with red outlines, wearing original costume comprising white cotton shirt under coral silk tunic, embroidered lined vest, silk crepe striped short harem pants, ornamental gilt short-sword with coral tips, and draped turban. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, exceptional sculpting especially for smaller figure. $1500/1700

84. Neapolitan Aged Persian Man with Imperial Moustache 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of slender-faced brown-complexioned elderly man with bald pate, frowning expression, enamel eyes, lips parted with two upper teeth, thick brows and imperial moustache, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown stockings and red knee-high boots, wearing original green silk robe with gilt metallic border, tapestry vest with silver buttons, shirt, yellow harem pants, and blue/cream coiled

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85. Continental Wooden Chest with Elaborate Carving on Iron Trestles 6" (15 cm.) The dark wooden chest is elaborately-carved and bound with iron die-cut straps, with painted floral and decorative designs on the back and sides, and resting on a pair of iron trestles. Excellent condition. Continental, 17th century. $600/800

86. Wooden Chair with Tapestry Seat 10" (25 cm.) Wooden arm chair with spindled back and finials has upholstered tapestry seat. Excellent condition. Mid-1800s. $200/300

87. Three Miniature Musical Instruments 4 ½" (11 cm.) -5". Including wooden violin, tortoise-shell banjo with mother-ofpearl inlay, and tortoise-shell mandolin with mother-of-pearl and bone accents. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/500 83.

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88. Outstanding Neapolitan Portrait of Bagpiper in Unique Pressed Tin Costume Attributed to Francesco Celebrano 20" (51 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, sculpted short windblown hair in deep strokes, dark complexion with ruddy cheeks, enamel eyes, shadowed stubble, firmly-set lips, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, carved painted brown wrinkled leggings and thick black shoes, wearing original costume comprising short pants and sleeveless vest of sturdy embossed tin-metal over linen shirt, and carrying Italian bagpipe (zampogna) with rich carving and silver tips. Excellent condition except chip to front of one legging. Neapolitan, mid/late 1700s, attributed to Francesco Celebrano, director of modelers of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Capodimonte (Naples) and sculptor of notable presepio figures under the direction of King Ferdinand IV. This particular example is remarkable for its artistry, fine state of preservation, unique costume and rare early zampogna accessory. $4500/6500

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89. Neapolitan Royal Guardsman with Rare Costume 20" (51 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting a strong-faced brown-complexioned Royal Guardsman, angular features with well-defined cheek and jaw bones, strong nose, lips modeled apart with row of teeth, well-defined shoulderblades, bald pate except tuft of hair at crown, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted leggings with button sides and carton upper rims, brown shoes, wearing original costume of cream kidskin under pressed-carton armor with silver-metal finish and gold accents including figural face at center of front panel, carton brimmed helmet with gilded accent, and carrying wooden-handled silver spear. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, although unattributed the artistry of sculpting, larger size, and superb costume indicate its creation by a prestige artist of the era. $4500/5500

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91. Miniature Continental Wax BlackComplexioned Prince 6 ½" (17 cm.) Wax swivel head with ebony black complexion, black bead eyes, carved wooden body with jointing at shoulders and hips, sculpted detail of high boots with gilt painted accents, wearing original tapestry costume with gold thread embroidery, matching crown. Excellent condition. Continental, late 1700s. $500/700

92. Carved Alabaster Floral Arrangement in Vase 90. German Carved Wooden Taufling in Gilt Wooden Cradle, with Provenance 10" (25 cm.) figure. 13"l. cradle. Carved wooden taufling, flat-back carved wooden head with deeply sculpted brown curly hair, inset upperglancing enamel eyes, tiny tongue tip, blushed detail of cheeks, chin and nose, attached to hollow-torso wooden panel which contains a number of early folded papers with names and messages in various old script writing, and a carton cover to the panel with German-language script (translated here) reading "In the interior of this statue of baby Jesus there are reliquaries from the holy land, and various graces" and signed "restored C.L. Rochus 1939". The figure is costumed in early silk

7" (18 cm.) Double-sided floral arrangement in vase is of carved alabaster, mounted on original carved wooden base. Excellent condition. $300/400

93. Continental Mahogany Tilt-Top Table with Marquetry Inlay 9" (23 cm.) upright. 7" circ. The circular mahogany table with beveled edge is designed for tilt-top arrangement when not is use, having deeply-carved tripod pedestal, and elaborate marquetry inlay design on table top. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $500/700

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95. Silvered Wall Fountain with Figural Design 7" (18 cm.) The wall-hanging silvered-metal fountain is ornamented with figure in center panel and urns at each side. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $300/400

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96. Neapolitan Ottoman Prince with Royal Costume and Scabbard 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, enamel inset eyes, sculpted black side-parted curly hair and thick bushy moustache and brows, strong nose and jaw bones, towwrapped posable armature body, wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings carved red boots with draped gilt-accented cuffs, wearing original costume comprising harem pants, fitted red silk vest with rich gilt threaded embroidery, matching lined red silk flowing cape with lavish embroidery including crown symbol, lined green silk full-length coat, and carrying brass scabbard with animal head grip. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, exceptional sculpting of facial features and superb costume. $2500/3200

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97. Neapolitan Queen with Silver Embellishments 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned delicately to the side, modeled downcast enamel eyes, heart-shaped face, brown sculpted hair loosely sculpted from face into coiled bun, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing peach silk gown with silver thread embroidery and prismatic amber stones, with gilt thread headdress under surmounted silver crown, and carrying silver jar and additional silver crown. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, exceptionally beautiful model with delicate complexion, luxury accessories. $1800/2200

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98. Austrian Wooden King Melchior in Royal Garb attributed to Johann Giner 10" (25 cm.) excluding crown. Carved wooden swivel head with deeply-carved brown curls at back of head, well-defined facial features, painted eyes, cloth-wrapped armature body, wooden hands and fulllength shapely legs, painted red stockings and gilt boots, wearing original velvet costume nearly completely overlaid with gilt metallic symbols and gilt metallic thread embroidery, including fulllength cape with hip-length capelet cover, pearl and large "diamond" medallion, beaded gilt headdress. Excellent condition. Austrian, attributed to Johann Neponuk Giner, early 1700s. The Giner family were celebrated in Austria as the creators of several important early crib scenes from their Tyrolean hometown of Thaur. $1200/1500

99. Bavarian Wooden Horse with Painted Saddlery 10" (25 cm.) h. 7"l. The carved wooden horse in prancing pose with realistically turned head has carved and painted detail of eyes, mane, tail, hooves, mouth and saddlery including gilt-fringed blanket with elaborate tassels. Posed on carved wooden platform to simulate ground cover. Excellent condition. Bavarian, late 1700s. $1100/1500

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100. Austrian Wooden King Balthazar in Royal Garb attributed to Johann Giner 10" (25 cm.) excluding crown. Carved wooden swivel head with ebony black complexion, bald pate, well-defined facial features, painted eyes, cloth-wrapped armature body, wooden hands and fulllength shapely legs, painted red stockings and gilt boots, wearing original green velvet costume overlaid with gilt metallic paillettes and thread embroidery, including full-length lined cape wide collar, large "diamond" medallion, head-dress decorated with gold beads, rhinestones and feathers. Excellent condition. Austrian, attributed to Johann Neponuk Giner, early 1700s. The Giner family were celebrated in Austria as the creators of several important early crib scenes from their Tyrolean hometown of Thaur. $1200/1500

101. Bavarian Wooden Horse with Painted Saddlery 10" (25 cm.) h. 8"l. The carved wooden horse in prancing pose with realistically turned head has black enamel eyes, carved and painted detail of mane, tail, hooves, mouth and saddlery including gilt-fringed and tasseled blanket. Posed on carved wooden platform to simulate ground cover. Excellent condition. Bavarian, late 1700s. $1100/1500

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102. Pair, 18th Century Embroidered Silk Panels 39" (99 cm.) x 15". Pair of lined burgundy silk panels with embroidered scenes of various peoples including nobility, putti, angels, scholars, and more, with very delicate embroidery borders, lace edging. Excellent condition. 18th century. $800/1100

103. Continental Wax Angel with Polychromed Carved Wooden Wings 10" (25 cm.) excluding headdress. Wax swivel head with angular face, black bead eyes, white mohair rolled curls, wooden carved torso, lower arms and legs from above the knees, carved and gilt painted sandal lacing, wearing original ivory embroidered silk costume with gilt thread accents and fringe, matching head-dress, with detachable carved wooden angel with elaborate ornate feathered detail and red/blue shaded polychromed finish. Excellent condition. Continental, late 1700s. $1100/1300 103.

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10" (25 cm.) excluding head-dress. Wax swivel head with angular face, blue bead eyes, white mohair rolled curls, wooden carved torso, lower arms and legs from above the knees, carved and gilt painted sandal lacing, wearing original ivory silk costume with beading and gilt thread accents, matching headdress with gilt edging and tri-color plumes, with detachable carved wooden angel wings with gold leaf finish. Excellent condition. Continental, late 1700s. $1100/1300

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12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead turned to the side, brown sculpted hair in short curls, brown enamel eyes, slightlysmiling expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted very wrinkled brown stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original homespun pants and shirt, paper-lined linen laced vest in unusual pattern. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very expressive features, rare stockings. $1100/1500

106. Neapolitan Lad as Baker's Helper 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra 107. cotta shoulderhead of young lad with black sculpted short bobbed wind-blown hair, enamel eyes, ruddy complexion, mouth modeled as though calling out, teeth, tongue, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing original white shirt, yellow pants and vest with braid trim, and carrying a rack of breadstuffs. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $1100/1500

107. Italian Ceramic Wall Fountain 10" (25 cm.) Thick paste ceramic wall fountain with cream finish and decorations in brown and tan. Good condition, some rubs and typical small flakes. Italian, early 1800s. $300/400 106.

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10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting a restaurant waiter with bald pate, black side burns, shaded stubble, brown enamel eyes, impressed age lines and moles, slight smiling expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved green stockings and tan shoes with brown soles and flaps, wearing burgundy velvet suit with gold braid, black vest, shirt, linen apron, and with metal ladle. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very detailed facial modeling with kindly expression, occupational themed. $1100/1500

10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta, sculpted brown hair, enamel eyes, mouth modeled open as though singing, teeth, tongue tip, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, carved wrinkled green legs, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original costume comprising striped velvet breeches and blue jacket and carrying tortoise-shell guitar with mother-of-pearl inlay. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1500

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111. Rare Miniature Wooden Shoe Polisher with Attached Brushes 3" (8 cm.) Walnut case designed with a row of brushes on each side wall, designed to move shoe forward and backward as though polishing, with brass studs and frame, and including pair of kidskin slippers. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $200/300 110.

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112. Neapolitan Dog with Enamel Eyes and Silver Collar 5" (13 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta dog posed as though walking along, his tail curled, ears flung backward, head alert, with enamel eyes, and painted shaded finish of brown/tan/cream, with silver collar and chain. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

113. Miniature Wooden Table and Bench with Food and Tableware 6" (15 cm.) The wooden table and bench are laden with eight pottery plates each with ceramic foodstuffs, along with pottery tureen, two metal carafes, creamer and goblet, and three pottery jugs. Excellent condition. Mid-1800s. $400/500

114. Neapolitan Smiling Lady with Red Hair Band 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of lady with slightlyturned head on strong throat, brown sculpted hair with short curls framing her face and a coiled chignon held by red hair bow at her crown, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black flat open-back clogs, wearing original costume comprising yellow silk tapestry woven skirt, embroidered silk apron, green velvet laced vest, velvet sleeves, beaded necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

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115. Three Neapolitan Figures Representing Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus Including 8" Mary with polychromed carved wooden shoulderhead, brown sculpted hair in loose coil with tendril curls; 10" Joseph with polychromed terra cotta head, grey hair, beard and moustache, enamel eyes; 2 ž" baby Jesus in wooden crib. Each of the larger figures has tow-wrapped posable armature body with carved wooden lower arms and legs. Very good overall condition. Late 1700s. $1700/2100

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13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of slender-faced woman with slightly-turned head, brown sculpted hair with curls framing her face and a coiled bun at the back, small enamel eyes with heavy eyelids, slight smile, row of tiny teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and slender shapely legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original costume with excellent detail, coiffe, and carrying metal basket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, an especially beautiful example. $1200/1600

12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of serious-faced gentleman with bald pate, enamel eyes, well-defined cheek and jaw bones, strong nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and tan shoes with red buckles, wearing bronze-green silk breeches, golden silk vest with self-covered buttons, scarf, lined great coat with faux-patch pockets and flat-hat with woven brim. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very handsome gentleman with wonderful costume. $1200/1600

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118. Neapolitan Quartet of Musicians with Instruments 11" (28 cm.) Each of the four dolls has polychromed terra cotta head with bald pate or sculpted hair, enamel eyes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and shoes, silk costume, and each is holding his musical instrument including stand-up bass and violin of carved wood and two tortoiseshell mandolins. Excellent condition, costumes are not original. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, the quartet is notable as each character has a different face and hair style, lending the arrangement a very realistic presentation. $2200/3500

118.1. Wooden Orchestral Gazebo with Rich Gilt Ornamentation 37" (94 cm.) x 36"h. The wooden performing platform, centered by a domed gazebo with shaped gilt shingles has architectural decoration panels along the wall. Excellent condition. $1100/1500

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119. Neapolitan Princess with Splendid Original Costume 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, reddish/ brown sculpted hair in arranged curls away from her face and captured in an unusual vertical-looped braid at her back crown, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, green boots, wearing original silk royal robes in green and burgundy with gilt braid trim, pearl beading, and with necklace and ornate earrings. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $2200/2800

120. Neapolitan Princess with Pearls and Gilt Embroidered Costume 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown sculpted hair in arranged curls away from her face and captured in large double loop at her back crown, forelock curls, enamel eyes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing original silk royal robes in ivory and burgundy with gilt braid trim and embroidery, double strand of pearls. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $2200/2800

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121. Neapolitan Bearded King with Royal Robes 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, bald pate with sculpted long grey beard, enamel eyes, strong nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted grey stockings, brown ankle boots, wearing

original silk robes, comprising striped breeches, gilt thread embroidered vest, jacket, and long blue silk robe with rich metallic thread edging, padded turban with crown tip and pearl beading. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $2200/2800

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122. Neapolitan Ebony-Complexioned King in Elaborate Royal Robes 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, ebony black complexion, enamel eyes, sculpted short curly hair, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted grey stockings and brown

shoes, wearing original royal costume comprising silk striped breeches, ivory silk jacket with pearl appliques and matching shirt, brocade tapestry collared cap, with metallic gilt braid border, sash, and royal turban with surmounting crown and pearl beading. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $2200/2800

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123. Neapolitan Young King in Royal Robes 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair waved from face into flowing curls at the back of head, sculpted brown goatee, enamel eyes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted brown

stockings, brown ankle boots, wearing original silk robes, comprising striped breeches, gilt thread embroidered vest, red silk jacket, and long striped silk robe with rich metallic thread edging, padded turban with crown tip and pearl beading. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $2000/2200

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124. Three Silver Tableware with Rich Embossed Fruits and Flowers 4" (10 cm.) and 4 ½". Of hammered silver, comprising bowl and two edged plates, each with deeply embossed designs of richly-arranged fruits and flowers. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/500

125. Early Cast Brass Four-Panel Screen 6 ½" (17 cm.) x 16" opened, 6 ½" x 4" each panel. Of heavy cast brass, the four panel hinged screen features 20 various impressed figural scenes with cobalt blue backgrounds and gilt details. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $500/700

126. Early Silver Urn-Shaped Vase with Paper Mache Fruits 6" (15 cm.) overall. 3 ½" vase. The silver vase with vertical ribbing and fluted collar contains a bountiful arrangement of paper mache sculpted and handpainted fruits. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $200/300

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127. Continental Chestnut Tilt-Top Table with Inlay Marquetry 10" (25 cm.) diam. 13"h. upright. The chestnut circular table is designed to tilt open when not in use as a table, its table top inlaid with fern and floral designs. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $500/700

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128. Neapolitan Young Man with Closely-Cropped Beard 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting a young man with sculpted short brown hair with topknot detail, closely-cropped brown beard, brown enamel eyes, mouth modeled open depicting teeth and tongue tip, tow-wrapped posable armature body with carved wooden arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original homespun costume comprising lined brown jacket, natural weave vest, moss-green short breeches, woven hat. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $2200/2400

129. Pair, Carved Wooden Hunting Dogs 5 ½" (14 cm.) and 6"l. The long-bodied carved wooden dogs in highly-stylized pose have original painted cream finish with brown spots, green sculpted giltedged collar, painted eyes, curled tail, defined rib cage, carved open mouth with gnawing teeth, on original wooden base to simulate ground cover. Excellent condition. Neapolitan/Genovese, mid-1700s, notable stylized carving. $1200/1500

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131. Neapolitan Aged Woman with Sculpted Cap Attributed to Lorenzo Mosca 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead portraying an aged woman with stern expression, sculpted grey hair captured under a sculpted fitted cap with scalloped edge, deeply-incised age lines and welldefined cheek and jaw bones, downcast lips, definition of gaunt throat lines, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs to above the knees, painted blue stockings, black slip-on clogs, wearing original folklore costume with applique silk ribbons and banding, pearl-drop gilt earrings. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding artistry extends not only to facial sculpture, but also age-modeling of hands and sculpted cap. Attributed to Lorenzo Mosca, whose other works are included in the noted Bordoni Collection of Bologna and the Bayerisches National museum of Munich. $3500/4500

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132. Neapolitan Man with Eager Expression Attributed to Salvatore di Franco 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting man with eager expression, impressed age lines and well-defined cheek bones, pronounced nose, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with row of teeth and tongue, bald pate with scruffy painted finish, modeled row of curls at forehead and above the ears, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings with tan shoes and green buckles, wearing original red textured silk breeches and matching jacket, green vest with self-covered buttons, white muslin shirt, burgundy velvet hat. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, attributed to Salvatore di Franco whose works can also be seen in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. $3500/4500

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133. Neapolitan Portrait of Shepherd Attributed to Francesco Celebrano 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead with darkened complexion depicting rugged shepherd, sculpted tousled black curled hair with scrubby beard and moustache, enamel eyes, mouth modeled open with teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, bare feet, wearing original costume of brown kidskin breeches, white muslin shirt, paper lined linen vest, fleeced vest, cotton sack containing baby lamb and carrying another lamb and wooden walking stick. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, attributed to Francesco Celebrano, exceptional detail of sculpting and artistic painting of facial features. $3500/4500

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134. Neapolitan Smiling Lady with Basket of Lemons 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the right and downward, brown sculpted hair casually waved back into loose coiled bun at top of head and casual curls at side of face and nape, enamel eyes, smiling expression, impressed dimples, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, green painted stockings and tan shoes, wearing original folklore costume comprising gold silk bodice, skirt, embroidered apron, beaded necklace, carrying basket of lemons. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially charming characterization with well-rendered features. $1200/1500 Preceding Pages: Top Row Left to Right: 193, 187, 138, 287, 186, 140, 297, 185 Bottom Row Left to Right: 137, 144, 153, 139, 150, 147, 141, 300, 146, 296, 134, 135, 145, 269, 149

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135. Small Neapolitan Young Lad with Wistful Expression 7 ½" (19 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, painted short brown hair, wide-open enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though closed, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings, leather shoes, wearing velvet breeches, twill vest, silk jacket with gold braid, woven hat. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, remarkable wistful characterization on the small child with compelling expression. $1100/1500

136. Small Wooden Brown and White Collared Pup 4 ½" (11 cm.) l. Carved wooden pup with painted white coat with brown spots, ears, brown enamel eyes, curly tail, stitched leather collar. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $600/800

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137. Neapolitan Young Country Lad 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, closely shaved stubble on bald pate, curl in front of each ear, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original homespun pants and laced vest, laced jacket, fleeced lambskin jacket, kidskin leather sack, woven hat, bound leggings and laced sandals. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, most artistic modeling of facial features, wellpreserved original costume. $1100/1500

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138. Neapolitan Lady with Topknot Coiffure 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair waved loosely from her face and captured in a topknot, with curls cascading onto her shoulders and a blue hair band, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, yellow stockings, red ankle boots with blue rims, wearing original costume comprising yellow silk harem pants, lined silk tunic with thick metallic threading, lined green silk jacket with metallic trim, and carrying silver bag. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, especially fine detail of costume. $1200/1800

139. German Organ Grinder with Musical Mechanical Movements 11" (28 cm.) Standing upon a wooden platform behind a velvet-covered music box is a carved head young black-complexioned lad with fleeced curly hair, enamel eyes, closed mouth, carved wooden hands and feet, wearing original gilt trimmed silk jacket (frail) over twill costume. Standing upon the box are two pairs of tiny wooden dancing couples, and in his left hand is a coin tray; when wound, music plays and the dolls dance around. Excellent condition, mechanism functions willfully. Germany, early 1800s. $2200/2700

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140. Neapolitan Young Lady with Sculpted Topknot 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair with wisps of curls around her face, topknot and curls at her nape, enamel eyes, shy smile with modeled teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, blue painted stockings, brown clogs, wearing original folklore costume with laced bodice, gold thread banding, and carrying basket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very distinctive and charming facial expression. $1200/1500

141. Neapolitan Village Gentleman with Smiling Expression 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, short black sculpted hair waved from face, incised forehead and laughter lines, shaded stubble of beard, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, carved wrinkled dark brown leggings, brown shoes with buckles, wearing original costume of blue serge breeches and jacket with gold braid, red twill vest, flat head. Excellent, some paint wear on hands and shoes. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially fine detail of facial modeling with artistic painting. $1600/1900

142. Tin Chestnut Roaster with Tray of Chestnuts 8" (20 cm.) Crude tinplate toaster with faux-hinged oven door has a doublehandled tray with sieve plate and holds a ribbon-tied netting of chestnuts for roasting. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $200/300

143. Wooden Bench with Baskets of Foodstuffs 8" (20 cm.) l. bench. Arranged upon a rustic wooden bench are three woven baskets filled with modeled food stuffs including meats, cheeses and vegetables. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $300/400

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144. Neapolitan Lady with Blue Hair Band and Tambourine 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown sculpted hair loosely waved from her face and gathered into a coiled bun at back of head, tied with blue head band, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, orange clogs, wearing original silk embroidered gown, coral glass-beaded necklace, and carrying tambourine with painted scenes. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $1100/1500

145. Neapolitan Balding Musician with Inlay Wooden Guitar 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting bald headed man, his head tilted toward his guitar, enamel eyes, strongly-defined features, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted wooden arms and legs, wearing original costume comprising patched homespun pants, silk striped vest, woolen brown jacket, greenlined brown twill cape, woven leggings, laced sandals, leather shoulder sack, and carrying wooden guitar with motherof-pearl inlay. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1500

146. Neapolitan Gentleman with Unusual Hair 12 ½" (32 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, bald crown with black tuft of hair at forehead and carved curls at sides and back of hair, enamel eyes with heavy eyelids, two painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted grey stockings and black buckle shoes, wearing original silk breeches, lined embroidered vest, black velvet jacket with embroidered trim. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare hair style and expressive features on the gentleman. $1700/1900

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147. Neapolitan Handsome Villager with Unusual Boots 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, black sculpted hair in pageboy-like style, enamel eyes, sculpted facial lines, strong nose, row of sculpted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, painted wrinkled-top leggings over tan shoes with black buckles, wearing original costume of blue breeches, laced twill vest, twill tan jacket with covered buttons. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, outstanding characterization and painting, rare hair style and leggings. $1200/1500

148. Neapolitan Young Lad as Scholar 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of young lad with slender face, sculpted sideparted hair in casual wind-blown short curls, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, green carved shoes with black buckles, wearing green silk leggings, silk striped shirt, lined green silk jacket with piping and buttons, scarf. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare model with distinctive hair and expression appearing as though a young scholar. $1200/1500

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12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, black sculpted hair with unruly curls, enamel eyes, distinctive nose, impressed laughter lines and cheek dimples, towwrapped armature posable body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, tan shoes with red bows, wearing original costume comprising red velvet breeches, silk vest with embroidered edging, green silk jacket with silver buttons, and with silver lidded jar worn on silver chain around his neck. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very expressive character features distinguish the young gentleman in his town clothes. $1200/1500

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150. Neapolitan Robust Village Lady with Sculpted Bun 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted loosely-waved hair drawn toward face into coiled bun at back of head, enamel eyes, well-defined cheek and chin structure, modeled bosom, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted tan stockings, black shoes with red bows, wearing original costume comprising coral silk skirt with ribbon trim, muslin apron, silk blouse with cross-stitch gold braid, vest, cap, and beaded necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially fine characterization of robust woman, her features enhanced by artistic painting. $1200/1500

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open with two modeled teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes with red flaps, wearing original silk costume comprising coral buttoned vest, shirt, tie, longsleeved jacket, striped breeches. Excellent condition, Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

6" (15 cm.) l. table. Arranged upon a wooden table and three wooden stools are various foods, including baskets of meats and vegetables, a large sculpted ham hock, and a side of pork. The creation and presentation of food stuffs was an important corollary of the presepio scene, and certain artists specialized in their craft. Late 1700s. $400/500

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152. Early Terra Cotta Stove with Pot 6" (15 cm.) w. 4 ½"h. The heavy terra cotta or earthenware stove features drawer for coals and two burners, one with handled pot. Excellent condition, some few typical scuffs. Early 1800s. $400/500

153. Neapolitan Villager with Upper Glancing Expression 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting dark-complexioned man, deeply-sculpted short overall curls, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though

13" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting a slender-bodied handsome gentleman, black sculpted hair with deeply waved forelock curl at forehead and sides of head, enamel eyes, mouth modeled closed with defined teeth and tongue tip, painted moustache and sideburns, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden arms and legs, painted blue stockings, tan shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk breeches, vest and jacket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, excellent portrait-like features. $1100/1300

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155. Rare Neapolitan Man with Sculpted Cap 18" (46 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head portraying gentleman with sculpted grey cap with upturned all-around brim, button accents, enamel eyes in well-defined sockets, strong nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted dark blue stockings, black shoes with red bows, early grey silk costume with gold lining and brass buttons, muslin shirt. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare model highlighted by unique cap, and exceptional detail of sculpting. $3200/4500

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156. Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Cap and Modeled Bosom 13 ½" (34 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead portraying lady with tiltedback head, brown sculpted hair loosely drawn back into coiled bun and captured under a sculpted white head scarf, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with teeth and tongue tip, sculpted very buxom bosom, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and shapely legs, painted blue stockings and brown clogs, wearing original costume comprising homespun skirt with metallic thread border, silk apron, green silk jacket with metallic thread and lace embroidered center panel. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, the rare model with unique details of hair, hair ornamentation and generous bosom. $1600/1900

156.1. Wooden Armchair with Velvet Upholstery over Rush Seat 10" (25 cm.) The walnut chair with spiral and incised carving features arms with rolled front, and is upholstered in green velvet with braid trim, over rush seat. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/500

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157. Neapolitan Bull on Wooden Base 14" (36 cm.) l. Polychromed terra cotta bull is posed on wooden base with ground cover, his head turned to the side, enamel eyes, brown shaded coat with white muzzle, sculpted ears, horns, and deeply-incised mane, tail with sculpted curly tail tip, and deeply defined musculature. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, the sculpture of animals was an integral and significant aspect of the presepio scene, utilizing the skills of celebrated court sculptors such as the Vassallo brothers and Francesco Gallo from whom this particular luxury work might be the product. $1200/1500

158. Rare Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Colorful Snood, Possibly Bottigliere 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned slightly sideways, brown sculpted hair peeking from the front of a colorful snood which covers the remainder of her hair, sculpted ears, enamel eyes, heavily-modeled eyelids, mouth modeled as though closed with row of teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and shapely legs, painted blue stockings, yellow shoes with red bows, wearing original homespun gown with ribbon trim and embroidery, muslin blouse, gold beading. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, a model with similar facial features attributed to Bottigliere has been in the Bordoni Collection of Bologna. $2800/3200

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159. Early Continental Wooden Cabinet with Paneled Doors 13" (33 cm.) h. 10"w. Of dark wood, the thick-planked cabinet features double doors with hand-cast iron hinges, paneled frames on each door, wooden knobs, and with dove-tailed construction on the roof. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $800/1200

160. Neapolitan Villager Posed as Though Exclaiming 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, short black sculpted hair windblown forward, painted eyes, dark complexion, mouth modeled as though open with two rows of teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, painted green stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk pants, woven vest, silk jacket. Neapolitan, early 1800s. $600/800

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12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair peeking out the sides of a red painted snood with green edging, painted eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and red clogs, wearing original well-detailed folklore costume with paper lined apron, red silk ribbons. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1800s, rare modeled snood. $700/900


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162. Neapolitan Basket of Ducks and Geese 3" (8 cm.) Arranged within a woven basket are three nestled terra cotta ducks or geese with bead eyes, sculpted and painted definition of feathers, with wooden stool. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, baskets of victuals and foodstuffs were important accessories in village scenes. $400/500

163. Neapolitan Village Man with Unique Facial Sculpture in the Manner of Lorenzo Mosca 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with unique heart-shaped face, sculpted closecropped black hair with comb-marked detail, enamel eyes, heavily-lidded eyes, mouth modeled as though lips slightly parted, with a row of teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, early costume comprising painted blue stockings, orange/brown shoes with orange bows, wearing brown breeches, red vest, jacket with velvet trim. Excellent condition, Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare model with very expressive characterization, in the manner of Lorenzo Mosca. $1200/1500

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164. Neapolitan Woman and Her Infant, Attributed to Francesco Celebrano 14" (36 cm.) seated. 18" standing, 5" baby. Polychromed terra cotta head with generously-modeled bosom, depicting gentle-faced woman gazing at the baby she holds, enamel eyes, heavily-modeled eyelids, brown sculpted hair with elaborate doublebraided chignon at her nape, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, red clogs, wearing original folklore costume with buttoned-opened blouse enabling her to nurse the baby she is holding. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, attributed to Francesco Celebrano, who, it is reported, specialized in depicting peasant people in folklore costumes. $2800/3400

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166. Neapolitan Moorish Prince in Royal Costume

10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, ebony black complexion, tightlycropped fleeced hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, red ankle boots, wearing ivory silk pants, patterned velvet vest, long patterned silk coat, royal cap. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1200/1400

10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, ebony black complexion, tightlycropped fleeced hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, red ankle boots with accented edges, wearing gold silk costume with metallic gilt tunic front. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1200/1400

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167. Neapolitan Bearded Man with Bone-Handled Walking Stick 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted brown hair with deep curls waved from face, well-shaped short beard and moustache, enamel eyes, strong nose, mouth modeled as though closed with painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing early costume comprising lined green silk jacket and breeches, gilt metallic lapel and braid, burgundy brocade fitted shirt with rhinestone buttons, matching cap and carrying wooden walking stick with carved bone grip and tip. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, especially fine characterization, outstanding sculpting of hands and feet. $1800/2200

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169. Trilogy of Silver Crowns 2 ½" (6 cm.) - 3 ½". Each of fine rich silverplate with elaborate cut-work and embossed designs. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $500/700 170. Detail

170. Continental Mahogany Tilt-Top Table 5" (13 cm.) h. 9" upright. 7" diam. Mahogany circular table designed with tilt-top when not in use, with fancily-carved pedestal base, ogee-edged table top, and star-shaped marquetry inlay. Excellent condition. Continental, mid-1800s. $500/700

171. Neapolitan Prince in Rich MetallicThreaded Robes 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned sharply to the side, short brown sculpted hair with goatee and refined thin moustache, enamel eyes, welldefined throat, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted white stockings and brown shoes, wearing early costume of ivory breeches, green silk tunic, purple coat, and gold robe, each with rich metallic thread embroidery. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1800/2100

168. Continental Wax King with Elaborate Costume and Crown

172. Neapolitan Prancing Horse with Original Saddle

10" (25 cm.) Honey-toned wax head with sculpted brown hair and very full beard and moustache, bead eyes, armature cloth-wrapped body, poured wax hands and feet, wearing original very elaborate lined silk costume comprising patterned burgundy gown, silk twill coat with blue cuffs and collar and elaborate crown, with overall applique decorations of embossed gilt designs, beaded tassels, cascading pearls and large ruby-glass medallion on crown. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $1100/1300

13" (33 cm.) l. Carved wooden horse with upright head, prancing pose has carved definition of mane, ears, muzzle, tail and musculature, enamel eyes, and is fitted with leather saddle, blanket and stirrups, gilt-accented leather harness. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, possibly Vassallo brothers. $1200/1500

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174. Rare Neapolitan Page Boy in Green Shirt, Possibly Lorenzo Mosca 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting young Asian boy, shaved scalp except arranged tuft of curls at his crown, enamel eyes, heavily-modeled eyelids, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and red ankle boots with pointy tips, wearing original court costume comprising breeches, magenta silk vest with gilt trim, green silk jacket. Excellent condition, some frailty to costume. Neapolitan, early 1700s, possibly from the school of Lorenzo Mosca. $1300/1700

175. Neapolitan Dromedary with Elaborate Blanket and Fittings 13" (33 cm.) Carved wooden dromedary with deeply sculpted details of carving of mane, eye sockets with painted eyes, musculature, painted brown finish with shaded detail, and with elaborate velvet and gilt saddle blanket and wrappings. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, carved wooden animals were created in the studios of the Vassallo brothers albeit more commonly with enamel eyes; this work has unknown attribution. $1200/1500

176. Neapolitan King with Long Flowing Beard and Superb Costume

173. Rare Neapolitan Page Boy in Purple Robe, Possibly Lorenzo Mosca 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting young Asian boy, shaved scalp except arranged tuft of curls at his crown, enamel eyes, heavily-modeled eyelids, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and red ankle boots with pointy tips, wearing original

14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting bald man with long flowing grey beard and moustache, enamel eyes, thick grey brows, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved 173, 174. wooden lower arms and legs, painted yellow open-toe leggings with gilt-edged green rims, wearing outstanding original silk costume comprising harem pants, paper-lined twill tunic with gilt braid trim, magenta silk long coat with braid and paillette trim, extended-length green silk cap, crown-topped turban, and carrying sword and sabre. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $2200/2900

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177. Petite Neapolitan Man in Original Homespun Costume 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, shadowed bald pate, brown sculpted short curls around side and back of head, enamel eyes with heavy eyelids, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original homespun and silk costume. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, excellent characterization especially for this small size. $800/1000

178. Rare Petite Size Neapolitan Lady in Original Cervera Folklore Costume 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown sculpted hair drawn loosely to the back of head, sculpted eyes, mouth modeled closed, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, blue painted stockings, black shoes, and wearing original multi-layered folklore costume including coiffe and coral brooch from the village of Cervera, historic realm of Naples. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very choice rare miniature presipio with beautiful painting and superb preservation. $1200/1500

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179. Neapolitan Young Lad with Rare Table-Chair 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of young lad with curious gaze, brown sculpted short windblown hair, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original brown linen jacket with embroidery and lacing, tan twill breeches. Along with early oak wooden tablechair with unusual carving on the underside, and two sculpted cats. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $600/800

180. Neapolitan Peasant Girl with Two Carved Wooden Goats 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of young girl, sculpted brown hair in coiled bun with red hair band and ribbon, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original stiffened country costume and holding earthenware mug, affixed on original wooden base carved to simulate ground, along with her two pet goats, each all-carved wooden with well-defined horns, goatee, udder and painted white/brown hide. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, the rare assemblage, the carved wooden goats with particular attention to detail. $1100/1300

181. Two Tables Filled with Baskets of Breads 5 ½" (14 cm.) l. tables. Laid upon the two wooden tables are two woven baskets, copper tray, and metal tray which are filled with a bounty of various terra cotta breads, buns and rolls of various types. $400/600

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182. Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Bow-Trimmed Green Cap 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side depicting lady with heart-shaped face, brown sculpted curls peeking from beneath green fitted cap with red ribbon border and bow, enamel eyes, serene expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, green painted stockings, orange clog shoes, wearing original welldetailed folklore costume which is particularly complementary to her cap. Excellent condition, one finger chipped. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare modeled cap with beautiful costume. $1200/1700

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183. Neapolitan Bald-Headed Village Man as Bird-Seller 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of aged man with bald pate and curly tufts of hair over each ear, impressed age wrinkles, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with two teeth, painted beard stubble, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted black stockings, brown clogs with red buckles, wearing red silk breeches, ivory silk twill vest and jacket with gold braid, and carrying wooden bird cage with interior bird. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially expressive features with artistically-painted complexion and details. $1700/2300

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184. Outstanding Neapolitan Portrait of Water-Boy Attributed to Giovan Polidoro 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with deeply-sculpted features, ebony black complexion, enamel eyes, age lines incised on forehead, closely-cropped hair with defined tuft at back crown, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and muscular legs, painted black stockings and tan shoes with red outline, wearing original costume comprising flannel shirt, embroidered linen vest with constructed wear, striped flannel harem pants, and carrying three tin water pails. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, attributed to the studios of Giovan Polidoro. The occupation of "water boy" was important at this time. In his 1730 book the widely-traveled Frenchman JeanBaptiste Labat praised the pure waters of Naples as well as the many "people who earn their living selling water to passers-by, whether to quench their thirst or refresh themselves". $2500/3500

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185. Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Diadem and Bosom 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with brown sculpted hair drawn away from her face into a coiled loose bun at the back and with dainty forehead curls, with sculpted diadem in red and gilt trim, generously-modeled bosom, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with defined teeth and tongue, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, expressive fingers, bare feet, wearing early silk low-bodice gown, green silk coat with yellow silk lining, necklace. Excellent condition, finish worn on legs. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rarity factors on the beautiful lady include sculpted diadem and bosom. $1200/1600

186. Neapolitan Ottoman Merchant with Rare Silver Chest 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with sculpted dark brown brushed back hair, neatly-trimmed goatee and thick moustache, enamel eyes, row of painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body,

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carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted wrinkled yellow leggings and yellow clogs with red piping, original costume comprising silk harem pants, twill vest, fulllength burgundy silk coat with metallic braid edging, fabric turban, and carrying an early fine silver chest with very delicate filigree work. Excellent condition, one finger chipped. Neapolitan, mid1700s, exceptionally fine facial sculpture especially for this smaller model, with choice artistry of painting, rare silver chest. $1800/2300

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187. Petite Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Topknot and Royal Court Costume 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of slender-faced lady, brown sculpted hair loosely waved around her face and captured into a topknot, enamel downcast eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and tan ankle boots, wearing silk harem pants and lavishly-trimmed gilt-threaded vest and jacket. Excellent condition, some fabric wear to jacket. Neapolitan, mid-1770s. $1100/1300

188. Early Continental Wooden Cabinet with Intricate Cast Lock and Secret Compartments 11" (28 cm.) h. 10"w. Rosewood cabinet with paneled burled double doors accented with ebony beading, ebony beaded trim at base and crest, ball feet, and interior cabinet fitted with ten interior dove-tailed drawers with wooden knobs which center a niche with three gilt-edged ebony drawers; the interior drawers pull out for access to hidden compartments, and the cabinet has cast metal and brass hardware including a very intricate lock and key. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $900/1200 187.

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7" (18 cm.) Each has poured wax head, bead eyes, armature body with carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original guardsmen costumes with metallic braid, with turbans. Very good condition. Continental, early 1800s. $600/900

190. Antique Textiles with Gilt Metallic Thread Embroidery Included 24" x 13" ivory silk panel with fringed edging and rich embroidery; 33" x 33" ivory homespun panels with unusual fringe which is tipped with paillettes and lavishly embroidered with floral designs; and cut fragment of crushed green velvet. Excellent condition. 1800s. $400/500

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191. Neapolitan Prince with Wooden Flute 23" (58 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head portraying young man, bald crown, sculpted curls at center forehead and above the ears and around back of head, enamel eyes, strong aquiline nose, incised character lines above the nose bridge, corners of mouth and arched downward from his nose, sculpted ears, stern expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet except painted sandals, wearing yellow linen and silk shirt with gilt metal applique, wide metallic sash with buckle, and blue silk brocade harem pants with gilt button accents, holding a wooden flute. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1800/2200

191.1. Wooden Chair with Silk Brocade Upholstery 15" (38 cm.) The wooden framed chair with dark finish has upholstered seat and back of padded gilt-accented coral silk edged with gold braid. Excellent condition. $300/400

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192. Rare Early Italian Ceramic Background 34" (86 cm.) x 20". The ceramic earthenware background in original painted ochre, brown and green colors has sculptural detail of recessed niches and various semi-hidden figural designs. There are some typical edge rubs and small flakes found on this material, but overall excellent and brilliantly executed. Italian, early 1800s. $900/1200

193. Neapolitan Ottoman Traveler with Trumpet 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting baldheaded man with lock of hair at back of head, enamel eyes, mouth modeled open with teeth and tongue tip, modeled moustache and goatee, large ears, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing yellow silk harem pants, embroidered shirt, vest, wrapped turban, and carrying brass trumpet. Excellent condition. Late-1700s. $1400/1800

194. Neapolitan Moorish Pageboy with Brass Bowl 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with ebony black complexion, tightly-curled cropped hair, enamel eyes, strong facial features, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, blue stockings and black boots, wearing original silk pageboy costume and carrying doublehandled footed brass bowl. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300 192, 193.

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196. Neapolitan Portrait Peasant with Early Farm Tool, Attributed to Lorenzo Mosca 21" (53 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting a worn-faced man with short sculpted black curls, well-shaped ears, enamel eyes, strong nose, dark shadowed beard stubble, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs with defined musculature, bare feet, wearing original costume comprising homespun shirt, blue chambray pants, jacket, brimmed hat, sash, and carrying early hand-cast metal trowel with wooden handle. Excellent condition, finish worn on legs. Neapolitan, mid-1770s, attributed to Lorenza Mosca, whose extensive presipio figures ranged from angels to oxen to everyday people, and were notable for their uncompromising naturalism. $4500/6500

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197. Rare Neapolitan Portrait of Traveling Man Attributed to Francesco Celebrano 18" (46 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting an aged kindly man with sculpted bald pate, impressed age lines with modeled moles, enamel eyes, sculpted grey thick brows, strong nose, painted scrubby beard-shadow, defined throat hollow, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown shoes, wearing early traveling costume comprising green velvet short pants, shirt, embroidered twill vest, sash, brown velvet jacket, leggings, cap, brown homespun cape, and carrying homespun carpetbag. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, extraordinary highly characterized sculpture with fine artistic painting, attributed to Francesco Celebrano, the celebrated Neapolitan sculptor, a favorite of King Ferdinand IV, for whom he was commissioned to create his highly realistic figures. $4500/6500

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200. Neapolitan Foodstuffs in Baskets and Bowls 3" (8 cm.) w. Of earthenware with shaped and painted details, including fixed arrangement of various meats and sausages, stoneware bowl of separated pieces of various cheeses, and bread circle loaf, along with wooden chair. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $300/400

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198. Neapolitan Wooden Miniature Fountain with Dog 7" (18 cm.) h, fountain. 2" dog. The wooden fountain has faux-brick facing with textured finish, metal faucet, and faux-stone base. Included is stoneware hunting dog with painted finish and collar. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $400/500

Including cast copper funnel, toleware table top heater with wooden handle, wood-framed sieve, carpet beater, wooden handled broom, wheeled metal dolly. Excellent condition. 1800s. $300/400

202. Neapolitan Foodstuffs including Rare Fish 4" (10 cm.) l. largest fish. Comprising notably a larger exotic terra cotta fish in basket. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, along with four additional plates or baskets of live or prepared fish arranged on wooden table. Excellent condition. $300/400

199. Seven Miniature Stoneware Molds 2" (5 cm.) -4". With brown or ochre finish, the stoneware molds are in various shapes to accentuate the food for which they are designed. Excellent condition. 1800s. $200/300

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203. Neapolitan Market Woman with Rare Modeled Green Snood 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted hair peeking from the side of a modeled green snood which captures the remainder of her hair and is decorated with a red bow, enamel eyes, heavilymodeled eyelids, firmly-set lips, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes and brown buckles, wearing original burgundy silk dress with gilt braid and paillettes, and carrying a woven basket of earthenware fish. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare modeled snood with excellent detail of sculpting. $1100/1400

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205. Neapolitan Villager with Dog with Architectural Facade 8" (20 cm.) man. 4"l. dog. 17" h. x 14"w. background. Polychromed terra cotta head depicting a smiling man with sculpted short hair, goatee and moustache, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings, sculpted brown wrinkled leggings, black shoes, wearing original homespun costume, along with earthenware white dog. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, excellent characterization for such a small figure, posed along with (contemporary) foam-board architectural facade. $800/1100

206. Neapolitan Young Lord with Flowing Curls 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead depicting young lad with plumply-modeled cheeks, blonde sculpted hair with shoulder-length deeplyincised blonde locks curled up at the edges, enamel eyes, slightly-parted lips with row of sculpted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing early blue cotton and silk costume with silver metallic edging and white cotton shirt. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, especially fine detail of modeling on the prosperous-faced young lord. $1700/2500

206.1. Neapolitan Shaggy Dog, Attributed to Saverio Vassallo 9 ½" (24 cm.) Carved wooden shaggy dog with deeplysculpted fur, long curly tail and floppy ears, enamel eyes, carved open mouth with defined teeth and tongue, realistic painting of brown/white shading. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, attributed to Saverio Vassallo; the Vassallo brothers were noted for their wooden animal sculptures and Saverio especially concentrated on sculptures. It is said that he used the dogs of King Ferdinand IV as models for his works. $1200/1500

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207. Continental Wooden Doll with Articulated Body and Royal Robes 19" (48 cm.) Carved wooden head, brown enamel inset eyes, richly-painted features, all-wooden body with swivel waist, dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, wrists and ankles, wearing very elaborate royal robes of green velvet with richly-encrusted metallic banding accented with seed pearls, necklace of pearls and fauxrubies, and shaped turban coiffe wrapped with pearls and jewels, metallic reticule. Excellent condition. Continental, late 1700s, included is wooden throne dais with embroidered upholstery and footstool. $3000/4000

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208. Neapolitan Wooden Lady with Sculpted Coiffure and Court Robes 22" (56 cm.) Carved wooden head and torso with oval face and elongated throat, brown sculpted hair waved loosely from her face and captured in a casual bun with cascading curls, enamel eyes, heavily-modeled eyelids, aquiline nose, dowel-articulation at hips, knees, shoulder, wrists and elbows, bare feet with painted sandals, wearing elaborate costume comprising green silk jacket with metallic lace trim, red velvet fitted tunic with applique medallion, patterned homespun skirt, and with gilt headband set with tiny coral stones. Excellent condition. Continental, 1700s. $2500/3500

209. Pair, Glass Urns in Original Gilt Stands with Symbolic Figural Bees 9" (23 cm.) A pair of glass vases in cranberry and emeraldgreen with painted gilt symbols are presented in gilt metal stand with lattice borders and with figural bees and flowers. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $600/800

210. Silver Treasure Chest with Faux-Jewels and Embossed Scenes 5" (13 cm.) The hinged domed-top silver chest has overall embossed scenes of cherubs, angels and posed settings, and is edged with a

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211. Mahogany Triptych with Elaborate Inlay Marquetry 10" (25 cm.) The mahogany three-panel hinged screen displays five images on the interior set within brass oval or rectangular frames which are surrounded by rich gilt and mother-of-pearl inlay. When closed, the triptych displays fine artistry of inlay marquetry work

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on the exterior panels of brass, bone and fine woods, on pedestal base with finial. Excellent condition. 18th century. $800/1100

212. Pair, Metallic-Thread Jeweled Decorative Plants in Wooden Stand 14" (36 cm.) Constructed in a fanciful way, the decorative trees are constructed of stiffened metallic borders and circlets, some enclosing faux-rubies and emeralds, presented in matching wooden vases with gold-lead painted ball feet and edging. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $600/900 211.

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213. Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Flowing Long Hair 23" (58 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead of oval-faced lady with elongated throat, enamel eyes, aquiline nose, brown sculpted hair waved away from her face into a captured loose chignon at the back of head and long curls onto her shoulders, with painted blue hair ribbon, sculpted tips of ear lobes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, elongated slender bare feet, ivory silk costume and elaborate coiffe with pearl coronet. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $2200/2700

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214. Neapolitan Lady with Sculpted Flowing Brown Hair 22" (56 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, brown sculpted hair in soft waves around her face and drawn back into softly-rolled bun at back of head with flowing curls below, enamel eyes, heavily-lidded eyes, slight smile, defined throat hollow, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet with painted sandals, silk and tapestry costume, bracelets, and metallic thread cap. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, wonderful definition of hair. $2500/3500

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215. Rare Neapolitan Shepherd Posed for a Nap 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted tousled short brown hair under sculpted hat, eyes modeled closed, painted beard stubble, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, tan shoes with red buckles, wearing country garb of lambswool and flannel, and posed reclining on his back, head flung backwards as though resting, his head and legs posed on a

labeled sack of grain. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare model to find in distinctive pose. $1200/1500

216. Pair, Neapolitan Lambs in Resting Pose 5" (13 cm.) -6". Polychromed terra cotta lambs with sculpted curly wool coats and painted eyes are posed resting, one with head tilted downward, the other with head alertly posed upward. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $600/800

217. Neapolitan Carved Wooden Lambs in Rare Intertwined Pose 6" (15 cm.) Two wooden lambs are carved in intertwined pose, each head resting upon the back of the other, enamel eyes, well-defined details of woolly coat. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $800/1000

218. Neapolitan Stern-Faced Peasant with Bald Pate 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta man with bald pate, distinctivelysculpted stern expression enhanced by incised age lines, enamel eyes, furrowed brows, high cheek bones, shadowed painting of hair and beard stubble, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted black stockings, unusual sculpted black boots with wrinkled detail, wearing country peasant costume comprising short pants, 217.

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shirt, homespun jacket with patch pockets. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s, especially fine detail of facial lines lending distinctive expression, unusual boots. $1100/1500

220. Rare Diminutive Neapolitan Boy 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted short brown curly tousled hair, enamel eyes, mouth modeled open with teeth and tongue, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and brown shoes with red buckles, wearing original striped pants, (worn) brown homespun shirt, flannel vest, and carrying leather sack. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $500/700

221. Carved Wooden Fountain with Tin Basin 12" (30 cm.) Wooden fountain with carved detail of brick and stone work, tin water basin set in base and metal lion's head figural. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $800/1100 220, 221.

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222. Petite Neapolitan Lady with Fine Early Costume 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown curls, enamel inset eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and brown shoes with black buckles, wearing original early folklore costume of metallic-braid trimmed silk, coiffe. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

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223. Neapolitan Cow with Well-Defined Features 7 ½" (19 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta cow with painted brown finish, painted eyes, sculpted mane, horns, tail, ears, nostrils, udder, and musculature. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. Excellent condition. $700/900

224. Neapolitan Girl with Rare Sculpted Hair Style 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta doll with one-piece modeled head, torso and upper limbs, jointed wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, sculpted short brown curly hair in elaborate drawn-up loops and curls at the sides and back, sculpted comb at her crown, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with painted teeth, country-style costume. Structurally excellent, comb is restored. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare construction style and coiffure. $700/900

225. Diminutive Neapolitan Peasant Boy in Early Homespun 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted short brown curly hair, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing homespun pants and embroidered shirt, lambswool fleeced vest. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

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226. Neapolitan Arabian Man in Turban 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, painted black hair under attached turban, enamel eyes, thick black brows and moustache, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green boots, wearing original costume comprising velvet breeches, metallic tunic, homespun jacket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $600/800

227. Wooden Market Stall with Tables and Baskets of Foodstuffs 14" (36 cm.) Wooden fenced stall with platform contains three wooden tables along with four baskets of modeled foodstuffs including fruit, breads, apples, meats and such. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s. $800/1000

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228. Neapolitan Fountain Setting with Carved Facade 14" (36 cm.) The wooden carved two-sided stage setting has textured carved wood stone facade, attached bench, two niches, one with fountain basin. Late 1700s. $900/1100

229. Diminutive Neapolitan Peasant with Sculpted Beard 7 ½" (19 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted black curly unruly hair, full beard, moustache, enamel eyes, painted teeth, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, blue stockings, black painted shoes and red buckles, wearing embroidered linen shirt, short pants, flannel vest. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $600/800

230. Neapolitan Peasant with Modeled Cap 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted dark wind-blown hair with modeled brown cap, modeled neatly-trimmed beard and moustache, modeled-shut eyes, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing woven costume with laced front, sandals, leather sack. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare shut eyes and modeled cap. $900/1100

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231. Small Neapolitan Shepherd Lad with Lambskin Vest and Leather Sack 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta shoulderhead, sculpted short brown curly hair with forelock curl, tow-wrapped armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing lambskin vest, laced homespun shirt, brown short pants, scarf, sandals, leather bag. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late 1700s, especially fine modeling of facial expression. $700/900

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233. Neapolitan Reclining Cow 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta cow posed reclining, with shaded brown/tan hide, defined musculature, hooves, horns, ears, hair, painted eyes, nose. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $800/1100

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6" (15 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta cow with shaded brown/tan coat, painted eyes, in standing pose, with head turned sharply and looking backward, realistic modeling of cow, horns, ears, tail. Excellent condition, horns and tail re-attached. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $800/1200

8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown sculpted hair with unruly curls, enamel eyes, delighted expression, tiny painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing blue jacket and short pants, homespun vest. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very expressive features on the finely-sculpted model. $800/1100

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235. Neapolitan Moustached Innkeeper 18" (46 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side in an exclamatory manner, sculpted deeply-incised short curly hair including forelock, enamel eyes, strong nose, furrowed brows, very thick and full sculpted moustache, painted stubble of beard, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted stockings in rare wrinkled manner, brown shoes, red buckles, original muslin and cotton costume and carrying copper pot. Excellent condition, restoration on nose. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, depicting village innkeeper with highly characterized concerned expression, unusual stockings. $2200/2600

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236. Neapolitan Bourgeois Attributed to Matteo Bottigliero 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, bald pate with sculpted hair at sides of head, enamel eyes, incised age wrinkles, defined cheek bones, strong nose, row of painted teeth, painted beard stubble, tow-wrapped posable armature body with carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown stockings, black shoes with tan buckles, wearing original tan twill costume with brown embroidery, matching laced vest, burlap vest, coat with 18 covered buttons, hat, and with walking stick. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, attributed to Matteo Bottigliero, considered one of the leading sculptors, not only of presipio, but also of wood and silver statuary, in the early years of the that century. $3800/4500

237. Neapolitan Wooden Dog Attributed to the Vassallo Brothers 8" (20 cm.) Carved wooden dog with lean body, upright tail, glass eyes, painted brown coat. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, attributed to the workshops of the Vassallo Brothers. $800/1100

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238. Early Ebony Wooden Mirror with Beaded Carving 10" (25 cm.) x 9". The wooden frame with ogee shaping has double bands of beading which center a small 3 ½" x 2 ½" mirror. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/500

239. Early Carved Wooden Chair with Embossed Tapestry Seat 10" (25 cm.) Carved wooden armchair with ebonized dark finish has unusual lattice-woven design at the back with fancy spindles, curved arms, fancy leg supports, and embossed tapestry seat. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/600

240. Neapolitan Lady with Inquisitive Expression 19" (48 cm.) Polychromed wooden carved head with oval-shaped face, sculpted hair with deep combmarks drawn around the side of face and loosely-looped at the back with tendrils of curls, enamel eyes, heavily-sculpted eyelids, well-defined nose and chin, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs with very expressive fingers, painted blue stockings, brown clogs, early costume comprising patterned cotton skirt, green velvet appliqued jacket, metallic bodice. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, especially expressive features with welldefined expression. $2400/2800

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241. Rare Early Neapolitan Lad with Tortoise Shell Banjo 14" (36 cm.) Carved wooden head and torso, sculpted short brown hair, enamel inset eyes, wooden jointed arms, carved fingers, padded armature upper legs, carved wooden lower legs, painted green stockings and black shoes, wearing antique brown velvet jacket over rough-wool shirt, green woolen pants, and carrying tortoise shell banjo with mother-of-pearl inlay. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare model with well-rendered serious expression. $2200/2800

242. Rare Early Neapolitan Lad with Wooden Bagpipes 14" (36 cm.) Carved wooden head and torso, sculpted short brown hair, enamel inset eyes, wooden jointed arms, carved fingers, padded armature upper legs, carved wooden lower legs, painted green stockings and black shoes, wearing antique transfer pattern jacket over roughwool shirt, brown silk pants, and carrying wooden bagpipe. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare model with very fine characterization, costume and carved painted bagpipe. $2200/2800

243. Early Wooden Chest with Thick Handcast Iron Straps and Hinging 5" (13 cm.) w. 4"h. The thick wooden plant chest is bound with handcast iron straps with handcast nails and hinges, with brass lock. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $600/900

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244. Neapolitan Court Figure in Original Cavalier Costume 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed sculpted wooden head and torso depicting strongfeatured man of the court, painted eyes, sculpted thick wide moustache, sculpted brown hair waved from face onto neck, padded armature upper arms and legs, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green pointy-tip shoes, wearing original stiffened woven pants and coat with gilt metallic threading and brown velvet collar and pants, black hat with velvet feathers, carrying sword and sceptre, and posed on wooden stand. Excellent condition, Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare early model with exceptional carving. $1200/1500

245. Neapolitan Wooden Horse with Carved Wooden Saddlery 8" (20 cm.) h. 9"l. The carved wooden horse in prancing pose with realistically turned head has black bead eyes, carved and painted detail of mane, tail, hooves, mouth and saddlery including gilt-fringed and tasseled blanket. Posed on carved wooden platform to simulate 244, 245.

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ground cover. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid1700s. $1100/1500

246. Early Neapolitan Gentleman as Reverent Scholar 13" (33 cm.) Carved wooden head and torso, sculpted brown hair in shoulder-length curls, enamel inset eyes, wooden jointed arms, carved fingers, padded armature upper legs, carved wooden lower legs, bare feet, wearing blue velvet long-railed jacket, ivory silk vest and lace jabot, brown velvet pants. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare model with intelligent gaze, distinctive body construction. $1200/1500

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247. Continental Wooden Kneeling Prayer Chair 10" (25 cm.) Wooden chair with ebony painted finish has low velvet-covered seat designed for kneeling, and spindled back with top tail designed for placement of hands in prayer. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $500/600

248. Neapolitan Bourgeois with Sculpted Beard and Sideburns 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned to the side, sculpted brown hair with well-defined wind-blown curls, enamel eyes, thickly-sculpted brown brows, sideburns, moustache and neatly-trimmed beard, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted stockings and black shoes with red bows, wearing embroidered silk vest, pants, brown velvet jacket with gold braid edging. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $800/1000

249. Continental Sedan Chair with Tapestry Cover 12" (30 cm.) The wooden-framed sedan chair is upholstered with gilt-tooled leather edging and silk tapestry with floral design, side glass windows, hinged opening front door with glass window, silk lined interior, wooden carrying rods. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $800/1000 246, 247.

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250. Neapolitan Woman with Small Boy and Dogs 7" (18 cm.) woman, 4" boy. 17" x 17" setting. Polychromed terra cotta head with sculpted brown hair held by red hair ribbon, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown shoes, original traditional folklore costume. Along with small Neapolitan boy with sculpted short curly hair, and two terra cotta dogs with painted bodies. The late 1700s dolls are posed in a wooden-based courtyard with wonderfully-detailed brick oven. Very good condition, some early restoration on woman, the courtyard is included although age is uncertain. $800/1200

251. Neapolitan Woman in Folklore Costume with Mule on Original Wooden Base

252. Neapolitan Duck with Multi-Chrome Feathering 5" (13 cm.) h. 4"l. Polychromed terra cotta depicting strutting duck with well-detailed featherine, black bead eyes, wireframed webbed feet, on original wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

253. Neapolitan Fowl with Detailed Feathering 6" (15 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta farmyard fowl with welldetailed feathering enhanced by artistic painting, black bead eyes, and armature wire feet. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

254. Neapolitan Woman with Gentle Smile and Original Folklore Costume

8 ½" (22 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with sculpted hair loosely brushed to back of head into coiled bun, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body with wooden lower arms and legs, wearing welldetailed and accented folklore costume,

16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, oval elongated face, enamel downcast eyes with heavy eyelids, brown sculpted hair in center-part and drawn smoothly back from face into a loosely coiled arrangement at her nape, gentle smiling expression, towwrapped armature posable body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted black stockings and tan clogs, wearing original silk folklore costume with gilt metallic thread trim, laced bodice. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1500

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balancing a basket of wheat on the back of a sculpted mule with original harness and blankets, arranged on original wooden base with ground cover. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, felicitous arrangement enhanced by very fine minute detailing of costume and pose. $1100/1300

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255. Neapolitan Grey-Haired Elderly Woman Attributed to Lorenzo Mosca 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta depicting an elderly woman with sculpted grey hair loosely drawn from her face and captured in a loose coiled bun at the back of head, enamel eyes, well-defined age lines, gaunt cheek bones, strong nose, strong chin, throat hollow, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved

wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings, blue slogs with red edging, wearing original folklore costume and carrying modeled wraps of provolone cheese. Excellent condition, mid-1700s, attributed to Lorenza Mosca, the celebrated sculptor or presipio; although self-trained (he was by livelihood a bureaucrat in the government), his works are acclaimed for their artistry and realism. $4500/5500

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256. Neapolitan Bald-Headed Village Man 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of firm-featured man, bald pate with painted hair shadow, sculpted tufts of hair over each ear, sculpted thick brows, enamel eyes, row of sculpted teeth with impressed lines at sides of lips, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden hands and lower legs with defined wrinkled leggings and brown shoes with black buckles, wearing velvet pants, white shirt and silk twill vest. Excellent condition, one finger chipped, finish worn on stockings. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1200/1500

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257. Neapolitan Guardsman with Rare Sculpted Helmet 18" (46 cm.) Polychromed carved wooden head, black carved short curly hair under elaborately-carved green wooden helmet with gold-leaf edging and figural lion's head, enamel eyes, black sculpted thick moustache, shadowed beard stubble, padded armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green leggings with gilt edging, wearing original guardsman costume and carrying sword. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early 1700s, rare carved helmet. $2700/3200

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early 1800s, charming gentleman with original silk salon costume. $2200/2800

259. Early Carved Wooden Dog in Highly Stylized Manner 10 ½" (27 cm.) The long-bodied carved wooden dog in highly-stylized pose has original painted cream/brown finish, red sculpted giltedged collar, painted eyes, curled tail, defined rib cage, carved open mouth with gnawing teeth, on original wooden base. Excellent condition. Neapolitan/ Genovese, mid1700s, notable stylized carving. $800/1100

260. Continental Wooden Cabinet with Painted Floral Designs

258. Neapolitan Gentleman Aristocrat in Silk Costume 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted short black hair with forelock detail of curl, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with two rows of teeth and tongue tip, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted black stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing original lined silk costume comprising short pants and matching jacket with gilt braid trim, fitted brocade vest. Excellent condition. Neapolitan,

12" (30 cm.) l. 10"h. The wooden cabinet has double doors with oval-shaped panels decorated with hand-painted flowers, single drawer, painted surface to simulate marble, and is decorated with gilt scrolling, with lock and key. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $400/500

261. Four Miniature Books in Faust by Goethe 2" (5 cm.) - 3 ½". The four miniature leather bound books in German and French are from late 1700s/early 1800s. Very good condition. $300/400

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263. Neapolitan Aristocratic Lady with Silver Jewelry 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair with tightlycrimped curls around her face and captured in a chignon at the back encircled by narrow braid, curls at nape, enamel eyes with heavy eyelids, sculpted parted lips, teeth, tow-wrapped armature body, sculpted wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing original silk folklore costume with velvet embroidered apron, and silver and bead necklaces and little book. Excellent condition, two fingers repaired. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding portraiture with distinctive coiffure, refined expression. $2400/3200

264. Continental Elaborately Carved Wooden Chair with High Back 15" (38 cm.) The ebony-finished wooden chair has high back with three fancilyshaped back splats, thick carving on arms and feet enhanced by faded gilt accents, tapestry seat cover. Excellent condition. Continental, rare early model of miniature chair, 1700s. $600/800

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262. Neapolitan Priest with Long Flowing Beard 16" (41 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with elongated gaunt face, enamel upperglancing eyes, sculpted dark grey hair cropped closely to the scalp, sculpted very full flowing curly beard and moustache, strong nose, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, slender fingers, bare feet with sandal soles, wearing original linen priest robe with hood and carrying mother-of-pearl rosary. Excellent condition except three finger tips broken. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1200/1700 264.

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265. Neapolitan Moor with Rare Sculpted Yellow Cap 17" (43 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown complexion with shaded stubble of beard, black painted short hair under yellow cap with blue edging, enamel eyes, curvy black sculpted brows, incised eyeliner, mouth sculpted open in expressive manner, painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, brown clogs, wearing original costume comprising striped harem pants, red silk shirt and green vest with gilt thread edging, and carrying sword. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare model with outstanding sculpting and painted yellow cap. $2400/2800

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266. Neapolitan Dark-Complexioned Woman with Expressive Gaze 19" (48 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with dark-brown complexion, brown sculpted hair loosely waved from her face and captured in a looselycoiled double-loop at the back of her head, enamel upper-gazing eyes, mouth modeled as though nearly closed with row of teeth, elongated slender throat, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing elaborate regional costume. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1700/2300

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267. Neapolitan Peasant with Wheeled Wooden Wagon and Barrels 12" (30 cm.) man. 12" wagon. Polychromed terra cotta head, bald pate, enamel eyes, aged lines and frowning expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original peasant costume and carrying leather satchel. Along with a wooden wheeled wagon with three wooden barrels. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1500

268. Neapolitan Ox with Grand Sculpted Horns 10" (25 cm.) l. The standing ox is posed with well-defined musculature, curled tail, detailed hooves, bead eyes, horns, nostrils, and long curled horns with incised detailing. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $1100/1300

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269. Continental Lady with Gentle Expression 11" (28 cm.) Carved wooden head and upper torso with shapely bosom, oval face, black sculpted hair arranged in short curls, enamel or glaze-painted black eyes, closed mouth with gentle smile, padded armature upper arms and legs, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted shoes, wearing silk fashionable costume of the early 1800s. Very good condition, some retouch. Continental, early 1800s. $800/1100

270. Neapolitan Carved Donkey with Basket of Modeled Fruits 8" (20 cm.) l. Carved wooden donkey with well-defined mane, tail and ears, large enamel eyes, painted brown finish with shaded cream muzzle, and with woven basket slung over his back containing an assortment of sculpted polychromed fruits. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, outstanding carving with gentle facial expression, wonderful accessory basket with rare sculpted fruits. $1600/2200

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271. Neapolitan Country Lad in Original Costume 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown curly wind-blown hair, enamel eyes, heavy eyelids, eager expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing original woven twill work costume with laced tunic, fleeced vest, leather satchel, cap and walking stick. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very expressive features and original costume. $700/900

272. Neapolitan Fisherman with Basket of Oyster Shells 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned sharply to the side and glancing down, extended length bodice allowing the man to wear open-front shirt, black modeled rumpled curly hair, beard, and moustache, thickly-modeled black brows, enamel eyes, strong nose, incised facial lines, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, wearing original homespun pants and shirt, sash, and carrying woven basket of oysters. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare model with outstanding detail of modeling of head and limbs. $1200/1800

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273. Neapolitan Lady Aristocrat in Rich Original Costume 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head inclined slightly downward, grey sculpted hair loosely waved back from her face into casually looped chignon at the back with cascading curls below, heavily-lidded enamel eyes, deeply-defined facial features, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and shapely legs, blue stockings, brown shoes, wearing original folklore costume of silk and velvet with gilt metallic embroidery, silver necklace, and holding a gilt-edged porcelain bowl. Excellent condition, chip at back chignon loop, Neapolitan, mid-1700s, very fine modeling and painting, finely-detailed original costume. $1200/1800

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274. Neapolitan Caspar in Original Royal Robes 11" (28 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, brown sculpted hair waved backward, brown sculpted short beard, enamel eyes, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted yellow boots with red edging, green stockings, wearing very elaborate original silk costume comprising silk pants, embroidered gilt thread tunic, full length coat, long cape with fringed metallic edging and elaborate turban. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, handsome visage with welldefined beard, well-detailed costume, depicted as Caspar of the Three Wise Men. $1200/1700

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275. Neapolitan Balthazar in Original Royal Robes 12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicted aged man with sculpted long grey hair and very full elongated grey beard, grey brows, enamel eyes, mouth sculpted as though open with sculpted teeth, towwrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted red boots with draped green edging, wearing original costume comprising ivory silk pants, richly-embroidered green velvet tunic, floralembroidered coat, green velvet cap with gilt fringe, matching turban with jeweled medallion. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, depicted as Balthazar of the Three Wise Men. $1200/1700

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276. Four Gold Thread and Velvet Wall Panels 28" (71 cm.) x 20" overall panels. 20" x 14" embroidery panels. Each of four velvet covered panels is centered by a magenta velvet panel with exceptional detail of gilt thread embroidery. Along with 49" x 20" lined magenta silk cover with gilt thread. Display panels are contemporary, gilt thread embroideries mid-1800s. $800/1100

277. Gilt-Accented Velvet Vitrine with Jeweled Brass Crown 7" (18 cm.) l. vitrine. 3"l, crown. The wooden-framed vitrine with red velvet cover is accented with gilt ormolu garlands, with side-glass windows and domed glass front, mirrored back; the interior fitted with tufted rose silk cushion upon which rests an ormolu gilt bird and brass crown with silver border and beading, ten colorful prismatic glass "jewels" in silver mounts. Excellent condition. Early 18th century. $800/1100

278. Neapolitan Prince with Wind-Blown Hair and Beard 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head posed to glance downward, sculpted grey hair and beard in wind-blown tousled manner, heavily-lidded enamel eyes, closed mouth, incised age lines, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, wearing silk breeches and laced vest, burgundy lined jacket with gilt braid, and with silver and brass ornamental tool worn on chain around his neck. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, late-1700s. $1700/2400 277.

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279. Pair, Early Cast Brass Candle Holders 6" (15 cm.) Of cast brass, the pair of tripod candle holders have impressed designs and brass feet. Excellent condition. Late 18th century. $400/500

280. Three Miniature Silver and Brass Crowns 1 ½" (4 cm.) -2 ½". Two are of embossed silver with lyre-shaped designs, and the third is brass with silver rim and beading design. Excellent condition. Late 1700s. $400/500

281. Continental Mahogany Pedestal Table 5" (13 cm.) h. 8" diameter. Of finelygrained mahogany with center-inlay on the table top, and with center pedestal with ribbed base matching the ribbed feet. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $300/400

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282. Neapolitan Portrait of Balthazar in Lavish Original Costume 14" (36 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta with head inclined to gaze downward, enamel eyes, bald pate with grey sculpted curls around sides of head and nape, very lush sculpted grey beard, grey brows and moustache, incised age lines, tow-wrapped posable armature body, painted yellow open-toe leggings with blue borders, wearing original lavish costume comprising old silk harem pants, burgundy silk jacket with silk-covered buttons and gold thread embroidery, twill golden long jacket with beaded embroidery and matching wide cuffs. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, portraying Balthazar. King of Arabia, and bearer of myrrh in the traditional Magi scene. $1800/2200

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283. Neapolitan Portrait of Melchior in Royal Robes 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head with ebony black complexion, finely-chiseled features, enamel eyes, black sculpted closely-cropped hair and brows, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wood lower arms and legs, painted brown boots with gold edging, blue stockings, wearing silk royal robes including pants, burgundy silk blouse with paillettes and colorful "jewels", gold-lined black silk cape with gold thread embroidery, elaborate pearl and bead bedecked turban. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, portraying Melchior, King of Persia, bearer of gifts in the traditional Magi scene. $1700/2300

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284. Neapolitan Ottoman as Lantern Bearer 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta man leaning forward inquisitively, bald pate, enamel eyes, thick brown moustache and brows, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown boots, wearing original costume including purple silk turban with silver thread, and carrying stoneware pipe and early tinplate lantern. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare model to find with unusual stature. $1200/1800

285. Neapolitan Ottoman Page Boy with Rare Hair Style, Possibly Lorenzo Mosca 8" (20 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of youthful Ottoman boy, bald pate with sculpted tuft of hair at his crown, well-defined ears, enamel eyes, mouth modeled as though open with teeth and tongue tip, towwrapped posable armature body, painted red boots, blue stockings, original giltthreaded silk costume and turban. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially distinctive facial model and hair, another example from the collection of Giuseppe Lembe has been suggested as the work of Lorenzo Mosca. $1200/1600 284.

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286. Neapolitan Seated Camel with Original Harness 8 ½" (22 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta with shaded brown finish, sculpted brushstroked hair on hump, mane, and upper legs, painted eyes, brown leather applied harness and lead, green tassels. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, rare animal model with especially fine painting of face. $1200/1500

287. Neapolitan Ottoman with Original Richly-Embroidered Costume 9" (23 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head turned sideways, bald pate except sculpted tuft of hair at his crown, curved black brows, sculpted black beard and moustache, tow-wrapped posable armature body, sculpted wooden hands and lower legs, painted blue boots, red stockings, wearing original costume comprising yellow pants and shirt, ivory twill vest with gilt metallic embroidery, lined red silk coat with gilt embroidery and paillettes, with brass scimitar. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially fine sculpting and unusual hair, original costume. $800/1200

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290. Continental Marble and Carved Bone Arrangement 2 ½" (6 cm.) h, The black marble base supports two carved marble books upon which is resting a carved bone skull. Excellent condition. Mid-1800s. $300/400

291. Early Marble Mantel with Wooden Built-In Stove and Copper Pots 14" (36 cm.) w. 10"h. The black onyx and marble fireplace frame and mantel is resting upon a wooden ebony floor and has built-in wooden stove, along with copper pot and lidded copper kettle. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $900/1200

292. Neapolitan Woman with Very Fine "Jeweled" Black Silk Gown, with Chair

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288. Early Wooden Spinning Wheel with Bone Accents and Heart Carvings 12" (30 cm.) The ebony-finished spinning wheel with elaborately turned spindles and legs is trimmed with bone tips and finials, and has a border of decorative heart-shaped appliques in light fruitwood. Excellent condition, one small bone tip missing. Early 1800s. $800/1200

289. Pair, Continental Marble and Gold-Plated Urns 5" (13 cm.) The matched pair of ornamental urns have white marble bases with gilt plinths supporting white bisque putti with wings, which, in turn are supporting gilt fretwork urns with figural handles. Excellent condition. Continental, mid-1800s. $400/500

20" (51 cm.) Polychromed carved wooden head with angular features, brown deeply-carved hair waved from face into loosely-coiled bun, pierced ears, enamel eyes, parted lips with row of upper teeth, tongue tip, tow-wrapped torso and upper limbs, carved wooden lower limbs, painted bare feet, wearing black taffeta silk gown with gold thread embroidery, rows of tiny glass beads, and a lavish sprinkle of colorful prismatic glass "jewels", undergarments, jewelry, included is wooden chair in which she is seated. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, early-1700s. $2200/2800

293. Miniature Poured Wax Silhouette Figure in Shadow-Box Frame 4" (10 cm.) Wooden frame with embossed gilt paper cover surrounds a velvetlined shadowbox which displays a figural profile of woman with gold hat and high-painted blue gown. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $400/500

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294. Two Rare Miniature Spinning Wheels Including 5"h. wooden upright spinning wheel with pewter wheel and tips, intricate construction; and 4"l. wooden wheel with dainty bone accent buttons and bone spindles. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $1100/1500

295. Carved Bone Jar in the Shape of 16th Century Child

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12" (30 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head depicting slender-faced woman with head turned to the side, sculpted brown hair waved loosely from face and drawn into a coiled topknot, with cascading curls onto shoulders, and painted red hair bands, heavily-lidded enamel eyes, aquiline nose, hint of smile, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted shoes and socks, wearing early padded


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homespun gown with silver metallic embroidery, pearls, and carrying a small wooden lidded box. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $800/1100

297. Neapolitan Bald-Pate Burgher 10" (25 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta, bald pate with sculpted curls at back and sides, head inclined to the side, small enamel eyes, incised age lines, mouth modeled as though open with sculpted teeth,

298, 299. tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, sculpted wrinkled red stockings, black shoes with black buckles, wearing antique striped velvet pants and jacket with gold edging. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s. $700/900

298. Small Neapolitan Lad with Basket of Modeled Fruit 7" (18 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, short brown boyish wind-blown hair, enamel eyes, eager expression, tow-wrapped armature posable body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted blue stockings and black shoes with red buckles, wearing antique homespun pants, blue shirt, brown and yellow jacket, gold medallion, and carrying basket of modeled fruit. $500/700

299. Miniature Oak Keywind Disc Music Box 7 ½" (19 cm.) Of golden oak, the cabinet with carved arch features a glass-front upper cabinet with discoperated music box which winds at the back, and a lower cabinet which contains additional discs. Functions well. Mid-1800s. $500/800

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300. Neapolitan Lady with Rare Coiffure and Modeled Bosom 13" (33 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, sculpted brown hair with deeply defined combmarks arranged with long tendrils framing her face, then hair drawn back into a looped and braid-encircled chignon with cascading curls, enamel eyes in unusually-deep eyes sockets enhanced by brown eye shadow, mouth modeled as though lips slightly parted with two upper teeth, modeled bosom, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted green stockings, black shoes with red buckles, wearing burgundy velvet jacket, silk patterned skirt, coral-bead necklace. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, exceptionally fine modeling of eyes, hair, and bosom. $1100/1600

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301. Neapolitan Village Man with Handsome Visage 15" (38 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head, black sculpted short hair with forelock detail, enamel eyes with heavy eyelids, incised character line one forehead and cheeks, shaded beard stubble, mouth modeled as though nearly closed with painted teeth, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, painted brown stockings with detailed sculpting of wrinkles, tan shoes with black buckles, wearing green short pants, silk vest with gold thread embroidery, green jacket. Excellent condition. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially fine sculpting and artistic painting. $1200/1600

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302. Rare Neapolitan Mother and Child on Original Gilt Base 10" (25 cm.) Standing upon a gold-leaf painted wooden base are two polychromed terra cotta dolls, each with dramatically-coiffed short brown curly hair, enamel inset eyes, solemn expression, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, in vintage-era silk costume. Excellent condition, there is restoration to the boy's wrist where attached to mother's hand. Neapolitan, late 1700s, depicted is a loving mother as she softly gazes at her young child who, in turn, returns her gaze. $1800/2500

303. Two Neapolitan Angels in Rare Petite Size 5 ½" (14 cm.) Each has polychromed terra cotta head, painted features, sculpted hair in flowing curls, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet. Very good condition. Neapolitan, late-1700s. $700/900

304. Neapolitan Bearded Elderly Man 24" (61 cm.) Polychromed terra cotta head of elderly man with balding pate, sculpted brown hair at back of crown onto the sides, very lush curly sculpted beard, enamel eyes, brown brows, closed mouth with downcast lips, tow-wrapped posable armature body, carved wooden lower arms and legs, bare feet, original

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(frail) silk costume. Very good, finish on hands and feet is flaking. Neapolitan, mid-1700s, especially fine sculpting of facial features. $800/1200

305. Pair, Continental Wooden Cherubs with Golden Wings 8" (20 cm.) Each is one-piece all-wooden figure of cherub with expressively-posed arms and legs, sculpted costume wrap, sculpted short brown hair and painted facial features, and each with gold-leaf wooden wings with defined feathering. Structurally excellent, repaint on face. Continental, early 1800s, notably each pose is different. $800/1000

306. Wooden Framed Arm Chair with Silk Brocade Upholstery 15" (38 cm.) The wooden framed chair with unusually high seat suggesting royalty is upholstered on seat and back with silk brocade trimmed with gold braid ribbon. Excellent condition. Continental, mid-1800s. $400/500

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307. Continental Miniature Shadowbox Depicting Wax Nun in Vignette

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12" (30 cm.) x 10". Within a wooden shadowbox with ebony frame is a poured wax doll in original nun's habit with coiffe, rosary, silk covered altar upon which are two paper decorative urns containing arrangement of silk flowers and small book. The walls are paper lined and have several applied images. The exterior of the box has original paper covers. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $400/500

308. Collection of Decorative Beadwork Panels Including three large beadwork panels, useful as wall hangings, each about 20", along with a wooden ball-footed footstool with beaded upholstery. $400/600

309. Rare Continental Poured Wax Doll with Very Elaborate Costume in Original Case 10" (25 cm.) Poured wax child with enamel eyes, expressive features is posed with arms outstretched in dancing pose, wearing elaborate original costume trimmed with gilt and silver metallic threads, matching crown, is standing with an original tapestry lined arched wooden case, with superb beaded and embroidered wall covering, 308.

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Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s, rare and most pleasing doll in elaborate arrangement. $800/1000

310. Continental Wooden Spindled Arm Chair 14" (36 cm.) The wooden arm chair has very fancilycarved spindles and arms, original ebony finish, and woven tapestry upholstered seat with braid trim. Excellent condition. Continental, mid1800s. $400/500

311. Continental Wooden Doll with Coral and Silver Jewelry 20" (51 cm.) Polychromed wooden head and shapely torso, oval-shaped face, sculpted downcast eyes, painted eyes, early human hair hand-tied wig, doweljointing at shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and knees, wearing antique patterned silk gown, undergarments, thickly-woven stockings, needlework slippers and with coral and silver necklace and earrings. Excellent condition. Continental, early 1800s. $3000/4000

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312. Continental All-Wooden Portrait Doll 19" (48 cm.) Polychromed carved wooden head and shapely torso, oval-shaped face with defined eye sockets, enamel eyes, closed mouth with firm expression, aquiline nose, original hemp blonde wig in very elaborate coiffe with intertwined beading. All-wooden body with dowel-jointing at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Excellent condition, some light early retouch. Continental, late 18th century, the regal lady wears original silk and brocade velvet coat with silk metallic threads, fine decorated wig and bejeweled hat and necklace. $2800/3600

313. Continental Miniature Shadowbox Depicting Nativity Scene 8" (20 cm.) Arranged in original wooden shadowbox frame with fabric cover is an intricate nativity scene with people, animals, putti, wooded landscape with branches, plants and flowers. Excellent condition. Early 1800s, wonderful detail of tiny scene with numerous tiny scenes within. $500/700

More than 300 outstanding dolls, accessories, furnishings and animals will be presented in Session II, upcoming on March 6, 2021. The auction will feature other rarities attributed to famous artists, wonderful characterized village people and children, mythological figures, and a special section devoted to the unique Genovese wooden doll including startling new research. Catalog will be available mid-February. 244

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The Doll as Theatre - Volume One  

The Doll as Theatre - Volume One. December 5, 2020 at the Theriault's Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. To order the catalog https://www.theria...

The Doll as Theatre - Volume One  

The Doll as Theatre - Volume One. December 5, 2020 at the Theriault's Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. To order the catalog https://www.theria...