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    Sale 1942

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    18 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 224

    ALEXANDRE VIBERT (1847-1909)

    'THEODORA', CIRCA 1900

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    ALEXANDRE VIBERT (1847-1909)
    'Theodora', circa 1900
    gilt and silvered bronze, with enameled details, semi-precious stones and colored glass
    24 in. (61 cm.) high
    signed in the mold A. Vibert

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    Theodora, the sixth century empress of the Byzantine empire, led a colorful and renowned life. Born to an actress and the bearkeeper of the Hippodrome, Theodora became an actress, courtesan and eventually, mistress to Emperor Justinian I before she was 20 years old. Her husband afforded her great respect, jointly ruling the empire with her. Theodora affected change for women during her reign, creating homes for former prostitutes, granting more rights for women after divorce and allowing them to own and inherit property. She died of cancer before turning 50.