IMPORTANT IMPERIAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

Perhaps a young Furia Sabinia Tranquillina (225–244 AD). Tranquillina married the Emperor Gordianus III in 241 AD, when they were both aged 16. Minor repairs and restorations. Mounted in the 17th Century on an Italian marble and onyx bust With a United Kingdom export license.

Late Severan era to the Age of Imperial Crisis, ca. 225–251 AD.

34 x 20 cm (13 3/8 x 7 7/8") as presented; portrait head alone, 12.7 cm (5")

#5496

Ex: Italian or French private collection, 17th Century. Thence, the princely collection of the de Beauvau-Craon family, France: Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon (1921–1982). Thence by descent to the Princess Diane de Beauvau-Craon. Recorded in an inventory of the Prince’s collection made after his death, notarized in 1983.

Published: Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVIII. (London, 2019) pp.38-39

Comparanda: Gasparri, Carlo & Rita Paris; Palazzo Massimo alle Terme : le collezioni (Milan, 2013) p. 365, no.265 Leu Numismatik AG; Web Auction 9, 7-8 September 2019 lot.34 (for hairstyle) Leu Numismatik AG; Web Auction 1, 25 October 2017 lot.308 (Furia Sabina Tranquilina)