• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    A ROMAN WALL-PAINTING FRAGMENT

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN WALL-PAINTING FRAGMENT
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Preserving a tropaeum composed of a winged helmet with contoured cheek-pieces, a cuirass draped with a mantle and a baldric, a griffin-head scepter to the right
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) long


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    A tropaeum is a monument set up with the arms of one's vanquished foe to commemorate victory in battle. By the Roman Period, the battle trophy was used publicly as political propaganda and eventually also privately as a recognizable and charged decorative motif.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection (J.B.), acquired prior to 1974.
    with Jean-David Cahn, Basel, 2005.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III