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    Extremely Rare "Academy of Fine Arts Medal" - One of Only Three Known and the Only in Private Hands

    Pedro I gold Medal for the Foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts 1826 Good XF - surface hairlines, rim bump, 45mm, 76.46g, VC-24var, Meili-6var (unlisted in gold). By Zepherin Ferrez. An extreme rarity, this gorgeous and imposing aurous piece is among only 3 known specimens and is the only available in private hands, the other two residing in the National Historical Museum and the Imperial Museum in Rio de Janeiro respectively. Produced by artisit Zepherin Ferrez (1797-1851), a member of the French Cultural Mission to Brazil in the early nineteenth century exalted for his exquisite engraving style--most importantly the so-called "Coronation Piece of Pedro I" of 1822, the RLM Collection's example of which we sold in our January 2014 New York Internation Auction #3030 for just under $500,000 (Lot 23072)--this stunning example depicts the Portuguese monarch in full stately attire with ruff collar and rich garments. Commemorating the establishment of the Academy of Fine Arts in its own building in 1826 (the Academy had been originally founded under João VI), the current example displays honey-golden color across the crisply-impressed devices, while scattered hairlines, likely a sign of light past cleaning, cannot obscure the piece's undeniable rarity and beauty. Comes with an old manila dealer's envelope.
    Ex. Heritage Long Beach Expo Auction #3049, 8-13 September 2016, Lot 30454
    Ex. Heritage ANA Platinum Night Auction #3033, 8 August 2014, Lot 23131
    Ex. RLM Collection


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