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Figure - Figure of Castor
  • Figure of Castor
    Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin
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Figure of Castor

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    1785-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels, platinum and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey

  • Museum number:

    C.1537-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 9, shelf 3

In Greek and Roman mythology, Castor and Pollux were the twin sons of Leda and Zeus/Tyndareus (Pollux's father was Zeus, Castor's was Tyndareus), the brothers of Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra.
The figure's armour is decorated with platinum, which was developed for the decoration of porcelain by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Factory. It had the advantage, over silver, of not tarnishing.

Physical description

Figure of Castor in hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and platinum. He wears a green and silver helmet, a long yellow mantle, silver body armour, a pink kirtle, greaves and sandals. With his right hand he is drawing a short sword which hangs in a scabbard aloft in his hand. Square base with 'CASTOR' inscribed.

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)

Date

1785-1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels, platinum and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

A sceptre
In underglaze blue

'CASTOR'
Inscribed in moulded capitals along the back for the base

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of Castor in hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and platinum, Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, Berlin, 1785-1790.

Materials

Hard paste porcelain; Platinum

Techniques

Ceramic process; Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Sword; Sandals; Scabbard; Helmet; Greaves

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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