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Lot 27

French School, 18th century-  Two Sketches of statues from the gardens of Villa Palagonia,...

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Lot 27

French School, 
18th century- 
Two Sketches of statues from the gardens of Villa Palagonia,...

Price Realised: £525

Estimate: £400 - £600

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 27


French School, 
18th century- 

Two Sketches of statues from the gardens of Villa Palagonia, Palermo; 

each black chalk, pen, ink, and watercolour on paper, one inscribed 'Animal des jardins de Palagonia pres palermo' (lower edge), one 22.2 x 18.7 cm., the other 15 x 22.2 cm., two (2). 

These drawings relate to the grotesque statues which can be found across the gardens of the Villa Palagonia in Palermo, Sicily, earning the villa the name 'Villa dei Mostri'. The statues, created in 1749, were the project of Francesco Ferdinando II Gravino, Prince of Palagonia, and inspired artists and writers for generations to come, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), and André Breton (1896-1966). 

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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