(1764 – )
23.9 x 13.5 x 8.8 cm
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.
Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 116, 117 (colour illus.). cat.no. 154