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Philip II of Spain, Gold Scudo by Giovan Ravaschieri

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Philip II of Spain, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, gold Scudo [Scudo d’oro], undated, by Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, bare head right, monogram behind, legend with English title, PHILIP R ANG FRA NEAP P HIS, rev., crowned and garnished oval shield of arms, HISPANI PRINCEP, 23mm; 3.35g (MI 69/14; Fr. 836a; P & R 1).

A most pleasing example, much as struck, with an excellent portrait, nearly extremely fine and very rare.

Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, Mint-director at Naples (1525-1560). MI lists six coins of Philip II on account of his English title and because some earlier references have them listed as medals.

Provenance:
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals ref.21

Price £SOLD

Ref:21

King Philip II of Spain medal, cast bronze, 1555 by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo

2828aPhilip II of Spain and King of England, complimentary medal, cast bronze, 1555, by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo, half-length bust of Philip II, left, in armour, with badge of the Golden Fleece, mantle around his shoulders, + PHILIPPVS AVSTR CAROLI V CAES F PRINC HISP ET ANGL R, rev., Virtue, as a draped female statue stands in a small pool, on her head a vase overflowing with water from two animal heads, around, a group of figures collect the water and drink it, VIRTVS, in ex, NVNQ DEFICIT, beaded border to both sides, 79.5mm (MI 75/26).
An excellent cast, good very fine with pleasant brown patina, pierced twice above head (by R and I of CAROLI), extremely rare.

The portrait type of Philip derives from another medal, signed by Leone Leoni, whilst the reverse comes from a medal dated to 1550-1552, of Gianello della Torre (1500-1585), the celebrated horologist, engineer and architect from Cremona.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £5750.00

Ref:28

Don Giovanni de’ Medici 1567-1621

Italian military commander, diplomat and architect. Medici was born the illegitimate son of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and of Eleonora of Albizzi. Medici was later legitimated by his father
Size 12 x 15 cms
Price £28.00

Ref:950

Andrea Appiani 1754-1817

One of the most important painters outside Rome  became Napoleon’s official painter and executed some of the best frescoes in northern Italy. He was also a fine portraitist. One of his pupils was Giuseppe Bossi.
Size 14 x 21 cms
Price £28.00

Ref:266