77 SMALL STATUETTE OF CARVED PEARWOOD GERMAN, 17TH CENTURY Representing a King astride a lion. Ebonized surface. Probably a king of a set of chessmen. On boxwood plinth. Height, 33/4 inches Illustrated and described in « La Collection Spitzer », Paris, 1891, vol. 3, p. 282, No. 155. SALE, PARIS, 1893, CATALOGUE NUMBER 2277. 78 CARVED PEARWOOD BAS-RELIEF PORTRAIT OF GIOVANNI DE MEDICI FRANCO-ITALIAN, LATE 16TH CENTURY Bust. Seen in profile, the folds of the toga, in the taste of the antique, falling over his cuirass. His forceful countenance with short, pointed beard and moustache. Warm patina. On the plinth the legend : ILUS GIOVANNI DE MEDICI. Height, 101/4 inches; width, 63/4 inches Giovanni de Medici was a natural son of Cosimo the Great. A similar profile bust, but slightly earlier, appears on a medal. Compare Armand, « Les Medailleurs Italiens », Paris, 1887, vol. 2, p. 259. From the Spitzer legacies. 79 PAIR OF STATUETTES OF CARVED PEARWOOD FRENCH, 1.6TH CENTURY Representing grandees in the costumes of the Renaissance, one a young man wearing moustache, his high cap crested in front by a feather ; he wears an embroidered short mantle, puffed breeches, and a dagger of steel, of which part is missing. The other, a bearded man in plaited sleeveless jacket, is carrying a mantle over his arm, gloves in one hand and a roll in the other. Of very fine workman-ship. (2) Height with stands, 7 inches Though slightly later in date, they are related to the bust of Henry II described in « La Collection Spitzer », Paris, 1891, vol. 3, p. 260, No. 23. From the Spitzer legacies. [SEE ILLUSTRATION] 26