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Chimney piece
  • Chimney piece
    Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826
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Chimney piece

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826 (modeller)
    Pacetti, Camillo (modeller)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Alabaster set with Wedgwood jasperware plaques

  • Museum number:

    545 to :14-1868

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an alabaster chimney piece made in the 19th century, in England. The chimney piece is ornamented with Wedgwood ware plaques of the Dancers, modelled by John Flaxman after the frescoes from Herculaneum, those of dancers are modelled by John Flaxman after Herculaneum frescoes, those depicting the history of Achilles are modelled by Camillo Pacetti, and other plaques depict the Judgment of Paris.

John Flaxman (1755-1826) was an English sculptor, designer and teacher. He was the most famous English Neo-classical sculptor of the late 18th century and the early 19th. He focused on monumental sculpture and church monuments and portrait busts. A large collection of his plaster models is held in the Strang Print Room, University College, London. He also made outline illustrations of Homer, Aeschylus and Dante. Many of those in his sketchbooks (now in the V&A) were drawn from the antique while he was in Italy. Furthermore he produced models for pottery and silver supplying the pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood among others. He thus can be considered as an important pioneer in the development of Industrial Design.

Physical description

Alabaster mantelpiece section set with Wedgwood jasperware plaques - those of dancers modelled by Flaxman after Herculaneum frescoes, those depicting the history of Achilles modelled by Pacetti, and other plaques depict the Judgment of Paris.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Flaxman, John, born 1755 - died 1826 (modeller)
Pacetti, Camillo (modeller)

Materials and Techniques

Alabaster set with Wedgwood jasperware plaques

Dimensions

Height: 208.28 cm, Length: 241.3 cm

Object history note

Bought in 1968.

Descriptive line

Chimney piece, alabaster, ornamented with Wedgwood ware, those of dancers modelled by John Flaxman after Herculaneum frescoes, those depicting the history of Achilles modelled by Camillo Pacetti, English, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum, Acquired during the Year 1968, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. In: Inventory of Art Objects, South Kensington Museum 1868-1870, London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1968, p. 57

Production Note

modern English;
those of dancers modelled by Flaxman after Herculaneum frescoes, those depicting the history of Achilles modelled by Pacetti

Materials

Alabaster

Categories

Sculpture; Architectural fittings; Myths & Legends

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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