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An image of Mercury by Wallendorf
Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf
Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf Alternate image of Mercury by Wallendorf

Wallendorf

(1764 – )

Title
Mercury
Year
circa 1770
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

23.9 x 13.5 x 8.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.207
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

The gods of Olympus: the messenger god Mercury has his caduceus and is about to deliver a letter; Saturn (L2012.202) devours his own children; Jupiter (L2012.203) wears a crown and holds a sceptre and thunderbolt; Juno (L2012.204) is armed with a helmet and shield; an effeminate Apollo (L2012.205) holds a symbol of the sun; Diana (L2012.206) has a moon and arrow in her hands and a crescent moon in her hair. The unknown Wallendorf modeller was probably hoping to emulate a rather more sophisticated set of gods modelled by Wenzel Neu for the nearby Kloster Weilsdorf factory c1765.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 116, 117 (colour illus.). cat.no. 154

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