A MEISSEN PORCELAIN MYTHOLOGICAL GROUP OF THE RAPE OF EUROPE, gilt and painted in colours, naturalistically modelled in relief, depicting a young girl "Europa" wearing a light-green starstudded garment, seated on the back of a large flower-encrusted bull, two kneeled female attendants and a flowerbasket in front of them, on oval rocaille base, marked with underglaze blue crossed swords, Pressnummern 108 above 2677, marked 43 in red, 19th Century

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A MEISSEN PORCELAIN MYTHOLOGICAL GROUP OF THE RAPE OF EUROPE, gilt and painted in colours, naturalistically modelled in relief, depicting a young girl "Europa" wearing a light-green starstudded garment, seated on the back of a large flower-encrusted bull, two kneeled female attendants and a flowerbasket in front of them, on oval rocaille base, marked with underglaze blue crossed swords, Pressnummern 108 above 2677, marked 43 in red, 19th Century
22 cm high

Lot Essay

Europa was the daughter of Agenor, King of Tyre, Jupiter fell in love with her and disguised himself as a white bull. He bore her out to sea and off to Crete where, resuming his normal shape, he ravished her.

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