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An­other niche in­ter­est, I sup­pose, might have been ob­served in one of the very first sales of the first New York TEFAF fair, at the Park Av­enue Ar­mory from Oc­to­ber 22 to 26—an event that seems to have gone as well as its hand­some pre­sen­ta­tion fully de­served. At the early-ac­cess VIP pre­view, To­masso Brothers of Leeds sold a ter­ra­cotta re­lief, mea­sur­ing 14¼in by 20in (in the orig­i­nal frame) for about $200,000.

By Jo­han To­bias Sergel (1740–1814), per­haps the greatest 18th­cen­tury Swedish sculp­tor and draughts­man, the sub­ject of a lusty satyr and his nymph (above)—in­spired by an­tiq­uity, but also the artist’s noc­tur­nal wan­der­ings in Rome—might have des­tined it for a Trump­ish locker room, but, in fact, it went to a Euro­pean col­lec­tor.

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