Oval shaped gilt copper tray with central bell, flanked by the taperstick, the pounce pot, the sealing pot and the inkwell pot, all decorated with "Retroincasto" Mediterranean coral (Corallium Rubrum)dots and pods, a fundamental component of Sicilian Baroque. The Trapani's coral worker from fifteenth to seventeenth century became famous throughout the Mediterranean for their splendid masterpieces as sacred and profane objects or nativity set. In the center shows the coat of arms of a de' Medici Pope, with two crossed keys and the Medici Crest. The only Popes with this coat of arms were the Pope Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici) Pope from the 26th of November 1523 to the 25th of September 1534 and the Pope Leo XI (Alessandro de' Medici), Pope from the 1rst of April 1605 to the 26th of November 1605. It can therefore be assumed that the inkwell was commissioned by one of the two popes who had the same coat of arms. A similar inkwell is in the collection of the Sicilian Region, for use by the President of the Region. Dimensions 22 x 41.5 cm. Pots heights 3-7.2cm. Weight 610 gr. Item condition grading:**** good (defects, losses and replacements).
This lot contains ivory/coral/ tortoiseshell or other species protected by CITES regulation (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. USA or China) - about endangered species including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell - BFA recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, USA regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory; please note that BFA will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the USA. For further information contact the Management of Bertolami Fine Art before the sale. THE CITES ARTICLE 8 DEROGATION The CITES Article 8 derogation - Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 - the so-called ""antique derogation"" allow to sell this kind of item (defined as pre-1947). Current legislation states that if an item has been manufactured prior to June 1947 and has been significantly altered from its natural raw state for jewellery, adornment, art, utility or musical instrument before that date, a CITES certificate is not required (then is only true for material that has been ""worked"" before 1947, and has been transformed from its natural state by human craft). The gemological certificate is available on payment after the auction