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Relief - Hector Bidding Farewell to Andromache
  • Hector Bidding Farewell to Andromache
    Sonnenschein, Johann Valentin, born 1749 - died 1828
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Hector Bidding Farewell to Andromache

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sonnenschein, Johann Valentin, born 1749 - died 1828 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta relief, horizontal oval high relief in gilt wooden frame

  • Museum number:

    A.6-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief representing the legend of Hector bidding farewell to Andromache, is made by Valentin Sonnenschein (1749-1828), in Switzerland in ca. 1800.
The Trojan hero Hector is here seen taking leave of his wife and young son on the eve of battle in which he was to be killed by Achilles. Valentin Sonnenschein specialised in terracotta, and is also known to have worked for the Ludwigsburg porcelain factory.

Physical description

Andromache standing on the right, hands the baby Astyanax to Hector, who is stepping forward to receive him. Hector has placed his helmet on the ground, as described in the Iliad, in order not to frighten the child. A horse and helmeted soldiers are in the background. On the left is a page, holding a shield, and on the right are two female attendants, one of whom appears to be drying tears with her right hand, while holding Andromache's train with her left.

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)

Date

ca. 1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Sonnenschein, Johann Valentin, born 1749 - died 1828 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta relief, horizontal oval high relief in gilt wooden frame

Dimensions

Diameter: 55.5 cm without frame, Diameter: 73 cm with frame

Object history note

Bought from Messrs. Peel and Humphris Ltd., London, for £420, in 1962

Descriptive line

Relief, terracotta, Hector Bidding Farewell to Andromache, by Valentin Sonnenschein, Swiss, ca. 1800

Materials

Terracotta

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Horse; Child; Helmet; Page

Categories

Myths & Legends; Reliefs; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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