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An 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