Sword of the Medici family sells for €60,480 (£54,349.44)
Hessink's Auctioneers have sold a very rare Cinquedea of Lorenzo de Medici for a total of €60,480 (£54,349.44).
This rare Italian sword, from circa 1480, is richly decorated with etching and gilding showing Artemis and Actaeon and portrait-medallions of a noble woman and a noble man and vine foliage. With a curved iron quillon, also richly decorated with etching of musical instruments and "LAUR•MED" (=LORENZO DE MEDICI). On the back the coat-of-arms of the Medici family. The grip with ivory grip scales with three large hollow rivets with intact tracery covering and has a total length of 83.5 cm.
LORENZO de MEDICI (also known as 'Lorenzo il Magnifico')was born in Florence on the 1st of January 1449 and died on the 9th of April 1492. He was an Italian statesman and 'de facto'ruler of the Florentine Republic during the Renaissance. He was also a diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists, and poets. Lorenzo's court included artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Verocchiohis and Michelanglelo. His death marked the end of the Golden Age of Florence.
The House of Medici was an Italian banking family and political dynasty that first began to gather prominence under Cosimo de Medici in the Republic of Florence during the first half of the 15th century. The family originated in the Mugello region of Tuscany and prospered gradually until it was able to fund the Medici Bank. This bank was the largest in Europe during the 15th century, and it facilitated the Medici's rise to political power in Florence, although they officially remained citizens rather than monarchs until the 16th century.
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