A French five piece gilt bronze table garniture
Lot 1224
A French five piece gilt bronze table garniture
Sold for US$ 18,300 inc. premium

Lot Details
A French five piece gilt bronze table garniture
A French five piece gilt bronze table garniture
cast after a model by Raoul Larche (French, 1860-1912)
Siot Foundry Paris
early 20th century

Each modeled as a pair of young children maneuvering an oblong fishing basket, incised RAOUL LARCHE and impressed SIOT-PARIS, various impressed numerals to underside.
greatest dimensions, height 6in (15cm); length 12in (30cm)

Footnotes

  • Purchased by the consignors family in 1966 from Moss Antiques, 411 Royal Street, New Orleans where the receipts stated “Previous owner Estate of Simon Patino, Bolivian Tin Magnate”

    Simón Iturri Patiño (1862-1947) was a Bolivian industrialist and entrepreneur. By the 1940s he controlled the international tin market and was one of the wealthiest men in the world, nicknamed the King of Tin or the Andean Rockefeller.

    Simón Iturri Patiño was born in the provincial capital of Cochabamba in June 1862, to a humble family of mixed Spanish and Indian blood. Patiño in his youth worked in a rural general store and later as a conductor of mule trains in the Bolivian mountains. About 1900 Patiño received the deed for a small tin mine in return for a modest personal loan he made to a miner. That mine turned out to be fabulously rich, and with profits from it Patiño bought more and more mining property, culminating in his purchase of the giant Catavi mine, largest and richest in the world.

    Patiño revealed his true financial genius by his brilliant investments. He used much of his tin profits to buy control of tin smelters in England and new tin mines in Malaya. He also purchased ships and railroads to transport his tin from the mine to the consumer. By 1925 he had significant interests in, if not control of, every stage in the mining, refining, and finishing of tin, which, because of the popularity of the tin can, was constantly increasing in value. It is estimated that by 1925 Patiño owned properties valued at more than $500 million and enjoyed a personal annual income greater than the Bolivian national budget.

    After 1920 Patiño traveled widely, rarely returning to his native country. He was diplomatic envoy of Bolivia to Spain (1920-1926) and to France (1926-1941). From 1920 to his death Patiño exercised a powerful influence on the successive governments of Bolivia. By controlling as much as 60 percent of his country's exports, he helped shape its foreign policy as well. Patiño died in Buenos Aires on April 20, 1947.
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