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Lot # 468 - Rimini. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini, 1432-1468. Medal 1447 by Matteo de’Pasti. (Bronze, 31.47 mm, 15,74 g). SIGISMVNDVS PANDVLFVS MALATESTA Cuirassed bust left with short curly hair. Rev. PONTIFICII EXERCITVS IMP MCCCCXLVII Right arm coming out from a cloud holding a palm branch in the hand. Armand 18; Hill 182; Pollard 25. Extremely Fine contemporary cast with dark patina. Ex Astarte IX, 15th May 2002, n. 737.
Lot # 469 - Francisco Vidal da Noya, ?-1492. Bronze medal attributed to Lysippus. (Bronze, 39.04 mm, 36.08 g). FRANCISCVS VITALIS NOIANVS Bust lwft wearing round capwith back edge turned up, and closefitting dress; below two leaves on stalk. Rev. GRATITUDO ET BENEFICEN TIA Androclus nude walking left accompanied by lion. Cfr. Hill 814; Armand III, 177d; Pollard I, p. 340. Not in Kress. Brown patina, holed and plugged. Very fine late cast.
Lot # 470 - Luigi Lodovico Marchesi, 1754-1829, Milanese castrato singer. 1791 silver medal minted in Rome for a performance at the Teatro Venier in Venice. By Giovanni Hamerani. (Silver, 31.55 mm. 10.09 g). A(LOYSIO) M(ARCHESI) CVI MENS DIVINIOR ATQVE OS MAGNA SONATVRVM – G(IOVANNI) HAMERANI F(ECIT). Bust to left. Rev. ALOYS(IVS) MARCHESI FORMA EGREGIVS INGENIO PRAESTANS CANTV VNICVS VENETIIS IN THEATRO VENERIO EGIT AN(NO) MDCCXCI VTINAM QVOTAN(N)IS. Inscription in nine lines, with star at top and bottom, within laurel wreath. Voltolina P., La storia di Venezia attraverso le medaglie n. 1736 (this medal); The collection of Medals of Musicians formed by Paul Niggl, lot 1251. Glossy patina of old collection. About uncirculated. Rare. Ex The Serenissima Collection III, Arsantiqua 11 Dicember 2003, lot 163 and Astarte XIX, 6 May 2006 lot 562. Marchesi achieved extraordinary fame throughout Europe thanks to her talent and the female voice derived from emasculation. He made his opera debut in 1774 in Rome, playing a female role. In 1782, he became a musician for Victor Amadeus III, King of Sardinia, with a salary of 1500 lire. He performed in the main Italian theatres as well as in St Petersburg, Vienna and London, where he reached the height of his fame, being proclaimed the greatest singer of his time. In 1796 Marchesi refused to sing for Napoleon when the latter entered Milan.
Lot # 471 - Gioacchino Napoleone Murat, 1767- 1815, King of Naples. Plaquette 1808. (Copper, 44.31 mm, 5.96 g). JOACHIM NAPOLEON ROI DE NAPLES ET DE SICILE Bust in high uniform on the left with high lapel, cloak, thin embroidered tie and honors on chest and shoulder. Circular laurel decoration at the border. For the same type but different medal and size, see: Siciliano 64 var.; Bramsen 731 var. FDC. In 1808 Gioacchino Murat was appointed king of Naples by Napoleon and already known as "Gioacchino Napoleone", thanks to his good looks, sanguine character and physical courage he was appreciated by the Neapolitans. During his short reign, Murat founded and initiated major public works.This plaquette and one very similar to this, representing Carolina Bonaparte, wife of Gioacchino Murat were commissioned in honor of their nomination as regal couple governing Naples and Sicilie.
Lot # 472 - Maria Annunziata Carolina Bonaparte Murat, 1782-1839. Plaquette. 1808. (Copper, 44.96 mm, 5.21 g). M A CAROLINE REINE DE NAPLES ET DE SICILIE Paludate bust right with deep square-neck dress; chignon hairdo with dangling braids and tiara. Circular decoration at the border. Bramsen 734; Siciliano 14. FDC. Rare. This plaquette and one very similar to this, representing Gioacchino Napoleone Murat, husband of Carolina Bonaparte were commissioned in honor of their nomination as regal couple governing Naples and Sicilie.
Lot # 473 - Antonio Canova, 1757-1822. Laudatory medal, 1817 (Bronze, 34 mm, 22.52 g) by F. Putinati. ANTONIO CANOVA Bare headed bust right; on the neck cut, PUTINATI. Rev. AL SECOLO DECIMO NONO in three lines; Hermes helmet above, helmeted bust right below; all within a circular line in the shape of a snake biting its tail. Forrer p. 711. Essling 2699. Extremely fine. Ex Astarte XIII, 12-13 September 2003, lot 1684.
Lot # 474 - Maria Luigia of Austria, Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, 1815-1847. Medal 1815 by Donaldi. (Bronze, 40.11 mm, 38.85 g). Empress bust right with tiara, eardrops and an elaborate chignon embelished by two strings of pearls. Rev. MARIA LUIGIA PRINC IMP ARCID D’AUSTRIA PER LA GR DI DIO DUCH DI PARMA PIAC E GUAST 1815 In the field on seven lines; at right, in the circle, DONALD’I F. Bramsen 1695; Julius 3435; TNE 67.4. Very rare.
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