25 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 6,000
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
AN ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO MODEL OF THE COLUMN OF PHOCAS
Surmounted with an ormolu figure of the Emperor, the base with Latin commemorative inscription, on a later black plinth
24 in. (61 cm.) high
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The column of Phocas, at 56 feet in height, was the last monument to be erected in the Roman Forum. It was constructed of ancient fragments and was dedicated in 608 A.D. to the Byzantine emperor Phocas (d.610 AD) whose gilded statue stood on top.
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From the collection of a German Royal family.