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LOT 0398

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,600 - 4,800
USD ($) 4,080 - 5,450

Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £110

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £110

Medieval Marble Font with Four Bearded Heads Representing the Four Rivers

Tuscany, Italy, c.1240-1260 AD

A large marble font, barrel-shaped with a thick, flat rim, central socket to the base; to the outer face, four radiating male masks carved in high-relief, each comprising a D-shaped face with luxuriant hair parted in the middle of the head and cascading to the cheeks where it joins the beard to form a wedge-shaped panel of undulating locks; the inner face pecked and stained, the rim and outer face smooth. 48 kg, 53cm wide (21"). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
Private collection, UK. London trade.
Ex central London gallery.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11119-184129.

Footnotes
The four masks represent the four rivers emanating from the Garden of Eden in the Old Testament tradition: Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.