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An Exceptional Neopolitan Moorish Figure with Original Costume

Lot Number: 
2
14" (36 cm.) Having a terra cotta sculpted head with angular features and pronounced cheek and jaw lines,pronounced nose with upturned tip,high domed forehead with furrowed brows,the brown-complexioned man has inset enamel eyes,closed mouth sculpted as though open,with beaded upper teeth,well-defined ears. He has sculpted brows,very full moustache,bald pate with an intriguing tuft of hair at the back of his head. His hemp- wrapped armature body has terra cotta brown hands with expressively-posed fingers,and lower legs with orange boots,and he is wearing a gold-thread embroidered vest with yellow silk pants and green silk coat. Condition: generally excellent. Comments: Neopolitan,late 18th/early 19th century,a retinue of Moorish figures surrounded the Kings in early presepio scenes. Value Points: rare early figure with extraordinary sculpting,original painting is flawlessly preserved,with an overall highly artistic presence.
Realized Price: 
$1,600
Presale Estimate: 
1800/2300