Continental School, circa 1720 A Widow, holding a bowl of water and wearing black jeweled robe over white chemise, her fair hair curled and partially upswept beneath a black veil and diadem
Lot 30Y Ф
Continental School
circa 1720
A Widow, holding a bowl of water and wearing black jeweled robe over white chemise, her fair hair curled and partially upswept beneath a black veil and diadem
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,002) inc. premium

Lot Details
Continental School, circa 1720
A Widow, holding a bowl of water and wearing black jeweled robe over white chemise, her fair hair curled and partially upswept beneath a black veil and diadem.
Watercolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting.
Oval, 100mm (3 15/16in) high

Footnotes

  • The present composition may be a reference to the story of Artemesia II (d.350 BCE), wife of Mausolus (377–353 BC), ruler of Cario in Asia Minor during the Hecatomnid dynasty (c.395-334 BCE). After the death of her husband, Artemesia mixed his ashes into a liquid which she drank daily, making herself into a living tomb for the two years that she survived him. Artemesia is renowned in history for the grief she displayed after the death of Mausolus and her story became a symbol of a widow's devotion to the memory of her husband.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
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