Lot 21
  • 21

A bronze mounted carved and stained walnut lion-shaped lemon press, probably Italian 17th / 18th century

3,000 - 5,000 EUR
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  • 25cm. high, 14cm. wide, 40cm. deep.
probably recalling the Venetian lion of Saint Mark, his tail and tongue in bronze, the hinged back opening to a lozenge carved oval interior to fit the fruit, on high rectangular plinth with concave frontside


- Collection Fritz Mannheimer, Amsterdam


Related Literature:

Veen, F. van 't, Palazzo; Verzamelingen van vroeg-Italiaanse kunst. Amsterdam 2008, pp 69-71.

Catalogue Note

During his time as executive for the Amsterdam bank Mendelssohn & Co., Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939) built up a large art collection. From 1921 on, he made it accessible to the public in his villa at Hobbemastraat 20.
The quality of his collection is comparable with the famous art collections of Andrew Mellon and Isabella Steward Gardner.
After Mannheimers dead the contents of his villa was purchased by the Germans in 1941. As a consequence of the Potsdam Agreement the collection was returned to Amsterdam after World War II. In 1952 a part became property of the Rijksmuseum, the rest was sold by the Ministery of Finance.