Two Italian marble busts, probably at the beginning of the 19th century. In my opinion the busts show the heads of the 21st Roman Emperor "Septimius Severus" and his son, the 22nd Roman Emperor "Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus Caracalla". The reason for my assumption is the similarity of the faces which, after comparison with other busts of the two emperors, fit perfectly to each other, but do not represent one and... Mehr anzeigen the same person. The history of the two emperors who ruled together between 194-211 could also support this assumption. For the naming I have also coordinated the time of the busts with each other, these two emperors are the only ones who fall together into the time of the "tank busts" and the so-called "war emperors".
In my opinion the chronological dating could rather be "Empire", since the extremely subtle elaboration of the busts, as well as the daring stone combination of presumably Italian Rosso Levante or Rosso Toscana, and yellow marble, rather suggest this earlier dating.
The busts are privately owned in Spain and are sold exclusively as a pair. They weigh about 90Kg each and are 89cm high, 63cm wide and 37cm deep. Price: on request
Holy cross of the sovreign order of malta. This cross was worn by the 79th Grand Prior of the Order, Ramón Despug y Martinez de Marcilla, who wore it between 1736 and 1741. It is spicked with diamonds. We keep it in one of our private collections and it is up for sale for Euro 3.500.000,-. If you are interested in this unique piece you can send me a message.