20 October 2009
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MARVIN GREENFIELD
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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