A large and finely decorated Meissen porcelain group of "The Triumph of Galatea"

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Object Description

A large and finely decorated Meissen porcelain group of “The Triumph of Galatea”, Saxony, (German), c. 1860-80.

The group is composed of two connected segments of the base and two loose groups,  comprising 11 figures, dolphins, shells, coral and sea weed. It is complete of all its original parts.
Blue cross sword marks. Incised marks

Object Literature

This figural group is one of the biggest and most articulate produced by the Meissen factory in the XIX century.
Although generally known as “The Triumph of Venus” , it is arguably the triumph of Galatea, a subject widely depicted from the Renaissance on: from Raphael’s le “Logge di Galatea” (1509-12) in the Villa Farnesina in Rome, to the 17th,18th and 19th century interpretations of Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) of 1656-7 now in Salzburg, Corrado Giaquinto (1752) in the Louvre and Gaetano Gioia of Rimini.
But it is the Galatea by Francesco Albani (1635) in the Dresden Alte Mister Gemaeldegalerie, that captures our attention as a possible model for our beautiful red ribboned triumph.

Object Condition

Excellent condition

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:34.00 x H:19.00 x D:8.00 inches
  • period
  • country
  • year
    circa 1860-1880
  • artist/maker

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