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494
A gold desk ornament, probably Lisbon, 1810-1822
Estimate
3,0005,000
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494
A gold desk ornament, probably Lisbon, 1810-1822
Estimate
3,0005,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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A gold desk ornament, probably Lisbon, 1810-1822
in the shape of a palm tree on an octagonal base, resting on ball and claw feet, the detachable palm fronds pierced with holes for replacement pencil leads, the tapering stem centered by the coat of arms of the Brito e Cunha family, town mark, rabbit control mark
Quantity: 3
18.0cm., 7.0 in. high
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Catalogue Note

The Brito e Cunha family, from the landed gentry of Porto and Matosinhos, descends from Antonio Álvares de Brito (1720-1801), a knighted landowner and merchant, and Teresa da Cunha e Vasconcelos, whose family held a chapel in Porto’s cathedral. Their son, António Bernardo de Brito e Cunha, a staunch liberal famously executed in 1829 for treason, is remembered in Portugal as one of the twelve 'martyrs of freedom'.

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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London