Two busts of women on pedestal after the antique in white marble and blue and red veined marble inlay. Italy, 17th century. H.84 cm approximately each.
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Two busts of women on pedestal after the antique in white marble and blue and red veined marble inlay. Italy, 17th century. H.84 cm approximately each.

Estimate 6 000 - 8 000 EUR

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Location of the item : France - 27400 - louviers

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