Antonio Abondio (Italian, Trento 1538–1591 Vienna)
model ca. 1560 (probably cast 17th century)
Bronze (copper alloy with dark brown patina over warm brown patina.)
Diam. 4.5 cm, wt. 36.21 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Antonio Abondio was an Italian medallist, who active in Italy and later for the imperial courts in Vienna and Prague. On the obverse is a portrait of Marco Sicco, who may possibly be identified as a Milanese statesman, and on the reverse is his coat of arms. Note that the E from AET is missing. The work is probably a seventeenth-century aftercast.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: D· MARCVS· SICCVS· CANO· REG· A[e]T· AN·XXX
Adalbert von Lanna, Prague; Lanna sale,
Rudolph Lepke, Berlin, 13 – 15 May 1911, lot 328; Henry
Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London,
28 July 1936, lot 184, including No. 86 (1975.1.1259) and
another medal (to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by
Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.