Lot Archive


№ 877


21 September 1994

Hammer Price:

Italy, Italy, Naples, Don Inigo d’Avalos, a cast lead medal by A. Pisano (Pisanello), bust right in broad-rimmed hat, reverse arms of Avalos above a sphere representing the Earth, opvs pisani, etc., 79mm. (Kress 22; Hill, Corpus, 44; BDM IV, 578). A late cast lacking much fine detail, light corrosion spots in obverse field, otherwise fine and very rare

Don Inigo d’Avalos was the Grand Chamberlain to Alfonso I, King of Naples (1442-58). The original medal was made in Naples by Pisanello c. 1448-9; for an original cast see Sotheby & Co, Zurich, 27 May 1974, lot 139