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Mars and History

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    1766-1767 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meyer, Wilhelm Christian, born 1726 - died 1786 (modeller)
    Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr. E. M. Robertson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case R, shelf 1

Physical description

Figure group in hard-paste porcelain of 'Mars and History'. On a circular hollow base, incised to represent grass, is a square block with a bearded figure of Mars dressed as a warrior seated on it. A shield with a Medusa-head is on his lowered left arm, and a sword is in his left hand. He gazes upwards to History, who stands on the square block beside him. History is represented as a female blindfolded and with drapery descending from the back of her head, gathered under her right arm, and looped in a loose girdle round her waist. Mars' right arm clasps her thighs. She holds an open book and a long quill pen. Sandals are on her feet. A lion skin is draped over the square block. To one side at its base is a lyre, palette and open book, and to the other is a plumed helmet.

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)


1766-1767 (made)


Meyer, Wilhelm Christian, born 1726 - died 1786 (modeller)
Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

A sceptre
In underglaze blue

'C. M.'


Height: 46.9 cm

Object history note

Modelled by Friedrich Elias Meyer, about 1766. see Kollman, 1987.

Descriptive line

Figure group in hard-paste porcelain of 'Mars and History', modelled by F.E. Meyer, Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, Berlin, 1766-1767.

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

V&A Ceramics and Glass Collection Object Information File


Hard paste porcelain

Subjects depicted

Palette; History; Man; Pen; Lyre; Lion skin; Warrior; Woman; Medusa; Helmet; Book


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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