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2 Objects ‘Sea Fan Coral’, Presumably Italy, 2nd half 20th century. Estimated € 1,400.00. Sold for € 1,300.00. Photo Auctionata

The two present table objects, worked in the style of the 19th century are presumably an Italian work from the second half of the 20th century. On the rectangular polished granite base a layer of a historicizing mask is shown on the front side. Above the base set a baluster shaped, partial chased flat top in brass with a central nodus of massive glass. Bothe objects are crowned by a red colored sea fan coral of Elastolin. Art and curiosities were understood as a mirror of the visible world, whose laws were going to be decrypted. An increasing interest in the plants and inhabitants of the seas began with the opening of sea routes. Due to its bizarre shape coral growths become a popular collector’s item of art and curiosities.

The two objects are in good condition. Scattered chips located on the edges of the base. A mask shows slightly traces of glue. The mass be 58 x 28 x 8.5 cm with base. (bed)

Auctionata. Cabinet of Curiosities. Dec 9, 2014, 12 pm EST, Berlin.