An image of Mercury

Wallendorf

(1764 – )

Mercury

Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

The gods of Olympus: the messenger god Mercury has his caduceus and is about to deliver a letter; Saturn (L2012.202) devours his own children; Jupiter (L2012.203) wears a crown and holds a sceptre and thunderbolt; Juno (L2012.204) is armed with a helmet and shield; an effeminate Apollo (L2012.205) holds a symbol of the sun; Diana (L2012.206) has a moon and arrow in her hands and a crescent moon in her hair. The unknown Wallendorf modeller was probably hoping to emulate a rather more sophisticated set of gods modelled by Wenzel Neu for the nearby Kloster Weilsdorf factory c1765.

Year
circa 1770
Media
Ceramic
Medium
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions
23.9 x 13.5 x 8.8 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.207