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Title

Mercury

circa 1770

Artist

Wallendorf

Germany

1764 –

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
  • Details

    Date
    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
    Location
    18th c European porcelain
    Accession number
    L2012.207
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Wallendorf

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–07 Feb 2021

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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