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Bookstand comprising a square base supported by lions in the corners, a circular shaft of four molded parts, and a basilisk trampled by an eagle with a bookrest attached to its spread wings. Cast, possibly turned on a lathe, stamped, chased, and assembled with rivets and pins. The shaft and base...

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1932, Ruiz [see note 1]; November 29, 1932, sold by Ruiz to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P9050); 1948, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $8,000. (Accession Date: March 11, 1948) NOTES: [1] According to Thomas Hoving (verbal communication, January 7, 1988), "Ruiz" was Pablo Picasso's father, José Ruiz Blasco (b. 1838 - d. 1939), who lived in Barcelona, though this has not been verified.

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Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Low Countries, Medieval (Gothic), about 1500 or 17th century

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160.2 x 70.3 x 70.3 cm (63 1/16 x 27 11/16 x 27 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; brass (various parts: 74.8-79.1% copper, 18.2-23.5% zinc, .8-1.9% lead, trace-.8% tin)