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    Benjamin Franklin: An Iconic Portrait by Nini. Jean Baptiste Nini created this famed portrait of Franklin in terra cotta in 1777. Immensely popular, it has been copied over the years in metal, ceramic, glass, and other forms. The example offered here, most likely intended as a paperweight, is formed of lead with heavy bronze overlay. While these copies are hard to date, this one may well be dated from the 1780s-1790s when Franklin, who spent much time in France during Revolutionary War peace negotiations, remained very popular there. Diameter 4.375". Worn felt padding on underside.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    13th Saturday
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