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A rare large Berlin KPM gilt mythological 'Pompeian' cachepot
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A rare large Berlin KPM gilt mythological 'Pompeian' cachepot

CIRCA 1792, UNDERGLAZE BLUE SCEPTRE MARK, IMPRESSED 24

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A rare large Berlin KPM gilt mythological 'Pompeian' cachepot
CIRCA 1792, UNDERGLAZE BLUE SCEPTRE MARK, IMPRESSED 24
The lapis lazuli blue-ground cuppa-shaped lower part with a gilt arcaded frieze underneath a concave cylindrical upper part decorated with a continuous Dionysiac band of running vine supporting a continuous sepia-ground frieze depicting scenes from the Education of Bacchus with Mercury bringing the young Bacchus to the nymphs of Mount Nysa, the border with a continuous band of stiff leaves, on square base
33.7 cm. high
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Lot Essay

For a related cachepot see P. Seidel, 'Das Marmorpalais im Neuen Garten zu Potsdam', in Hohenzollernjahrbuch 10, 1906, 68, ill. p. 69; and W. Arenhövel, Catalogue Berlin und die Antike, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, 22 April- 22 July 1979, pp. 257-258, nr. 487-488.
The model for this cachepot was created by the painter Johann Christoph Kimpfel (1750-1804) for the ballroom of the Orangerie in the Neuen Garten in Potsdam, which was built for King Friedrich Wilhelm II in 1791-1792 by Carl Gotthard Langhals.
This cachepot was inspired after a water colour from Ausgrabungen in Pompeji by Jacob Philipp Hackert (1737-1807).

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