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A marquetry picture of a gentleman, South Italian, early 18th Century.

The marquetry of is of ivory, stained horn, mother-of-pearl, brass and other materials, 29cm high.

Inscribed on the reverse ‘From Palermo’, in the distinctive hand of Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793).

The Earl travelled to Italy on two occasions, when he acquired many wonderful works of art.

This, however, was perhaps more of a holiday souvenir.

The 1867 Burghley Inventory described it as ‘a pantomimic figure of wood and ivory from Sicily.’


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