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    Sale 1940

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

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 489

    A VIENNA (SORGENTHAL) YELLOW-GROUND CABINET PLATE

    IMPRESSED DATE CODE FOR (17)96, BLUE BINDENSCHILD MARK, PRESSNUMMER 19

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    A VIENNA (SORGENTHAL) YELLOW-GROUND CABINET PLATE
    Impressed date code for (17)96, blue Bindenschild mark, Pressnummer 19
    Finely painted in sepia after Angelika Kauffmann with Orpheus and Eurydice, the border with gilt enriched ribbons edged in pale-blue
    9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) diameter


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    The subject of the present work celebrates lyric poetry with a scene from the mythical history of Orpheus. Here the torch-bearing Cupid guides Orpheus and his love Eurydice from the underworld as Cerberus closes on their heels. For an engraving of this subject after Angelika Kauffmann, see Birchall and Durand, 1782. See Veljko Marton, Viennese Porcelain, Samobor, Croatia, p. 185, fig. 153 for a reticulated tray from a coffee-service painted with this subject.