• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 805

    A CARVED MARBLE BUST OF ANTONINUS PIUS

    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, ITALIAN, CIRCA 1840-50

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED MARBLE BUST OF ANTONINUS PIUS
    AFTER THE ANTIQUE, ITALIAN, CIRCA 1840-50
    Wearing elaborate armour and a cloak tied on the proper left shoulder; very minor chips
    26 in. (66 cm.) high


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    The present bust represents the emperor Antoninus Pius, the second of the 'bearded emperors'. He was adopted by the Emperor Hadrian at the age of 51, not least because he was thought to represent a safe pair of hands to rule the empire until the favoured young Marcus Aurelius was old enough to succeed. In the end, Antoninus ruled longer than either Hadrian or Marcus Aurelius. His reign was marked by prosperity and stable government, and he was widely mourned at his death in 161AD.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOTS 805 - 811)