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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 28. Estimate CHF1250. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Italy, Rome. c. 1550. Medal (Bronze, 39mm, 42.84 g 1), on king Priam of Troy, an early, if not contemporary, cast by A. Cesati (d. after c. 1564). ΠΡΙΑΜΟΣ.ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ Bearded and diademed bust of Priam to right. Rev. ΤΡΟΙΑ View of the city of Troy, showing numerous temples and buildings, and with the walls of the citadel inscribed ΙΛΙΟΝ; below walls, harbor with galleys. Attwood 941. Kress 539 = NG 420. With a lovely dark brownish-gold patina, a very attractive example. Extremely fine.


From the collection of M. Hall, Baldwin’s 64, 4 may 2010, 188.

Alessandro Cesati, sometimes known as Il Greco was born around 1500 to an Italian father and a Cypriot mother, though he seems to have spent his early years in Milan. His career was basically in Rome where he produced dies for coins and medals. He finally left Rome in 1561 and ultimately was in Venice by 1564 after which he took ship for Cyprus and disappears from the record.