• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 2210

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art & Ceramics

    20 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 183

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) OVAL PLAQUE, MESSALINA

    LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED MONOGRAM AND SCEPTRE MARK, H, 6 AND VARIOUS CYPHERS

    Price Realised  

    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) OVAL PLAQUE, MESSALINA
    Late 19th/20th century, impressed monogram and sceptre mark, h, 6 and various cyphers
    Finely painted with a bust-length portrait of the raven-haired beauty adorned with golden jewelry
    13½ x 11½ in. (34.5 x 29 cm.), within an oval giltwood frame


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    Valeria Messalina was the third wife of Emperor Claudius (10 BC - AD 54). Notoriously promiscuous, the young Messalina unabashedly had affairs unbeknownst to her husband.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MARVIN GREENFIELD