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Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
Post Lot Text
AN ITALIAN FOUR-COLOUR GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE TABLE SNUFF-BOX
CIRCA 1820, UNMARKED
Shaped rectangular, the cover and base set with panels of blue-grey agate, the cover carved with Tullia in her chariot, the mounts chased with shells and foliage
Tullia was the daughter of the legendary Roman king, Servius Tullius. Extremely ambitious, she persuaded her second husband and ex-brother-in-law, Tarquin, to kill her father and take control of the throne. Tite-Live reported that after the murder, Tullia may have run her chariot over the bloodied corpse.