Antique WAHRMUND Wein Vienna Enamel Plaque
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This framed enameled metal plaque from Vienna depicts a hand-painted Roman citizen procession and is signed by the artist "
Auguste Wahrmund Wein 1888 ". According to the Benezit, Auguste (Augusta) Wahrmund was born in Vienna in 1862 and was a miniaturist and enamel painter. She went on to marry the noted Austrian landscape painter,
August Schaeffer von Wienwald (1833-1916). (Schaeffer was an important Austrian painter and academic of the late 19th century, and his works regularly appear at major auction with estimates up to $10,000. He studied with
Franz Steinfeld at the Academy of Vienna, worked as the librarian of the academy's art gallery, and became principal at the imperial museum in 1892. He's also known as the teacher to
Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844-1926), one of Austria's most important female painters.)
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Plaque resides in what is likely its original frame. The original leather covering of this frame has mostly disintegrated, but the rear leather covering is still intact and attached with numerous tiny nails. Frame measures 13 7/8 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, and the area of the exposed plaque measures 10 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Finish is in excellent condition, but there are a few obvious, large and broad bends in the surface. None of these bends are pointed or sharp. Weighs approximately 1-2 lbs.
Depicted in this scene is a procession of Roman soldiers and citizens. A sign in the background bears the familiar Roman abbreviation "SPQR" which some have translated to mean "Senatus Populus Quiritium Romanus", or "Senate and the Citizen's Roman People". This sign also bears the words "LIBER VRBIS" which translates to "Free City". Thus, this scene appears to simply portray a broad and united group of proud Roman citizens.
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