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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    pre 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste biscuit porcelain, enamelled and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Prussian Porcelain Factory

  • Museum number:

    942-1869

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 29, shelf 8

Physical description

Porcelain vase of classical shape with Renaissance-style handles in the form of acanthus leaves and acanthus-winged griffins. Painted in a lilac colour with touches of gilding. The central scene shows Vulcan forging weapons for Aeneas, at the request of his mother Venus.

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)

Date

pre 1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste biscuit porcelain, enamelled and gilt

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase painted in lilac with a scene depicting Venus, Vulcan and Aeneas, with two acanthus leaf and griffin handles, Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, pre 1867

Labels and date

VASE

942-1869

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

The scene depicts Vulcan forging weapons for Aeneas, the founder of Rome, at the request of Venus, his mother. The classical tradition survived relatively unaltered at the Berlin factory because of the persisting influence of the neo-classical architect, Schinkel, and his pupils; it was criticised at the 1855 and 1867 Paris exhibitions. This vase is neo-classical in form and subject, but the handles, with spiky, acanthus-winged griffons are borrowed from Renaissance grotesques. A vase of the same shape but with different decoration was shown at the Paris 1867 Exhibition.

Given by the Royal Prussian Porcelain Factory [1987-2006]

Materials

Porcelain; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelled; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Griffins; Acanthus

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Vases; Myths & Legends

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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