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Pair of Italian silver "Naturalistic" Large Grapevine Candlesticks, Mario Buccellati, Milan, 20th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

each formed as upright branches wrapped with grapevine, leaves and grape bunches rising from a mound of pomegranates, figs, grapes, chestnuts and almonds; marked on bases and applied with signature plaques of Mario Buccellati, with original blue presentation boxes; height 40.7cm; weight 2513g - Estimate 14,000—18,000 USD. Lot Sold 37,500 USD

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A Pair of Italian Silver "Naturalistic" Grapevine Candlesticks, Mario Buccellati, Italy, 20th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

each formed as an upright branch wrapped with twisting grapevine, leaves and grape bunches rising from a mound of pomegranates, oranges, grapes and figs, the sconces formed of overlapping leaves; bases applied with signature plaques of Mario Buccellati, with original blue presentation boxes; height 34.3cm; weight 2146g - Estimate 12,000—16,000 USD. Lot Sold 23,750 USD

Important English & Continental Silver & Objects of Vertu, 21 Oct 10. New York www.sothebys.com