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An Italian Silver Large "Naturalistic" Plateau, Mario Buccellati, Italy, 20th century.  photo courtesy Sotheby's

the oval plateau with applied rope-twist rim framed by fully modeled fruit, leaves and nuts including grape bunches, lemons, figs, walnuts, almonds, cherries and pomegranates; marked on base rim MARIO BUCCELLATI ITALY, with original blue presentation box; length 66cm; weight 4690g - Estimate 12,000--18,000 USD. Lot Sold 28,125 USD

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