Lot 166

A Portuguese Colonial family altar in ivory, circa 1720

Works of Art, Antiquities | A82kua | Live auction | 717 Lots

Hammer price € 6,600

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Elaborate construction, carved in ivory, partially gilt and painted in colour. The figure of the Virgin Mary on a crescent moon and serpent in the centre, surrounded by angels. The figure of the pelican at the front, feeding its young with its own blood. Architectural setting, the arch of the column decorated with sun, moon and stars, upon which a pair of angels with sacred hearts and the Arma Christi. Two tubs and two palm trees at the sides with numerous exotic birds, some painted in colour. Mounted on the original, gilt wooden pedestal with lavish relief decoration. Dimensions 41 x 43 x 21 cm. Attention - shipping to non-EU countries subject to CITES regulations, but beware: permission is almost impossible to get! Condition: I - II Questions about the lot?

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