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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 280

    Danish School (19th Century)

    A Maltese dog with two red pompoms

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    Danish School (19th Century)
    A Maltese dog with two red pompoms
    oil on canvas
    15½ x 12¼ in. (39.3 x 31.2 cm.)


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    This picture of a Maltese dog evokes the words of the Latin poet Martial (ca. 40-102 AD). His Epigram 1.109 is about the Maltese dog Issa, who is more dear to her owner than anything or anyone else: 'So that her death might not snatch her away completely/He is producing her likeness in a painted board,/in which you will see an Issa so like herself that she herself is not so like herself./So put Issa alongside the picture:/either you will think both are real,/or you will think both are painted.'

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