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Lot 4. An ormolu-mounted Sicilian red coral branch, French, First half 19th century; 6 in. (15.5 cm.) highEstimate: GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500 (USD 1,890 - USD 3,150). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

coral; on a later green marble base, the base not affixed.

Provenance: A private collection, Europe, acquired in London, 1980s.

NoteCoral, fished from the coastal waters of Sicily, was prized from the Middle Ages for its amuletic power to ward off evil.

Christie's. Finch and Co’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Online, 14 October - 4 November.