Regarding the image on Kolbe & Fanning's Buy or Bid Sale No. 1, last week I asked, "Who is that funky dancing moneyer on the sale cover? Who can tell us where the image came from?".
Leon Saryan writes:
I think the source of the illustration is 12th C, Normandy (France) at St. Georges de Bocherville. Dr. Paul Bedoukian used it an article he wrote several decades ago.
Andy Singer writes:
The "funky dancing moneyer" on the Kolbe and Fanning sale cover is an engraving of an 11th century stone capital from the Norman Abbey of St. Georges de Boscherville showing a moneyer at work. The sculpture decorates the corner of the capital against a background of acanthus and is not as two dimensional as the engraving depicts. A full page photograph can be found facing page 61 in John Porteous, Coins in History (1969).
Wow. David and I both pronounced these answers "Impressive!".
E-Sylum readers are an awesome bunch. I was also able to find an image of the stone capital opposite p37 in the 1973 edition of Porteus' Coins.
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REMINDER: KOLBE & FANNING BUY OR BID SALE CLOSES MAY 9, 2012
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