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    Sale 2250

    The Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Greenfield Collection of Porcelain, Russian Enamels and 19th Century Decorative Art

    20 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) RECTANGULAR PLAQUE, HERMANNS TRIUMPH OVER THE ROMANS

    LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED MONOGRAM AND SCEPTRE MARK, H, CYPHER, AND 315 255, SIGNED R. WAGNER

    Price Realised  

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) RECTANGULAR PLAQUE, HERMANNS TRIUMPH OVER THE ROMANS
    Late 19th/20th century, impressed monogram and sceptre mark, h, cypher, and 315 255, signed R. Wagner
    Finely painted after P. Thumann with Hermann and his soliders returning after their triumph over the Romans, the crowd greeting them with a hero's welcome
    10½ x 12 7/8 in. (26.5 x 32.5 cm.), within a giltwood frame


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    Paul Thumann, German (1834-1908)

    Though Roman legions were long considered indomitable, the young Germanic leader Hermann and his tribal forces vanquished three throngs of these foes in the Battle of Teutoburger Forest (9 A.D.), a triumph considered to be a turning point in Rome's authority over Germany and the British Isles.