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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 503

    A PAIR OF VIENNA STYLE BURGUNDY-GROUND VASES AND COVERS ON SQUARE STANDS

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, BLUE BEEHIVE MARK, IMPRESSED 805 TO THE VASES AND STANDS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF VIENNA STYLE BURGUNDY-GROUND VASES AND COVERS ON SQUARE STANDS
    Late 19th century, blue beehive mark, impressed 805 to the vases and stands
    Each of shield shape, the domed cover with gilt flame finial, finely painted front and back with views of mythic lovers, one of Meleager and Atlanta, within upright gilt foliate scroll handles, the ground enriched with scrolls incorporating small birds and gryphon masks
    20 in. (50.7 cm.) high (6)


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    The view depicts Meleager presenting the head and pelt of the boar to Atlanta. Meleager was the son of the King of Calydon, who had offended the goddess Diana. As punishment she sent a boar to ravage the countryside and Meleager, with his companions, set out to kill it. They were unsuccessful, however, Atlanta, the virgin huntress, whom Meleager loved, succeeded in wounding it. When the beast was finally killed, he presented her with the head of the boar, which led to his ultimate demise.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PARISIAN FAMILY (LOTS 478-506)