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ANONYMOUS - A folding fan showing Cleopatra at the Gates of Alexandria, circa 1750-1760.

ANONYMOUS -  A folding  fan showing Cleopatra at the Gates of Alexandria, circa 1750-1760.
ANONYMOUS - A folding fan showing Cleopatra at the Gates of Alexandria, circa 1750-1760.
Date: English, ca. 1750-1760
Size: 143 x 295 mm.
Colouring: In original colours.
Condition: Folding fan. Pierced ivory frame, painted in gouache with trophies and birds, and gold decoration. Double sheets of paper with gouache painting. Some usual wear and small restorations.

Description

The fan shows Cleopatra at the Gates of Alexandria, where she welcomes Julius Caesar who came to visit her in 48BC. Her suite is made up of soldiers and maids.

The arrival in Alexandria of Julius Caesar gives Cleopatra her first chance of a wider role in the world. She seizes it, becoming the mistress of the man who is now unmistakably - after his defeat of Pompey - the most powerful Roman.
Caesar spends the winter of 48-7 BC in Egypt, helping the young queen suppress the forces of her even younger brother.
1,100€
  • Reference N°: 46663
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