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A Vienna mythological plate
A Vienna mythological plate

1807, BLUE SHIELD MARK, IMPRESSED 32, PAINTER'S NUMERAL 50., THE DECORATION LATER

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A Vienna mythological plate
1807, blue shield mark, impressed 32, painter's numeral 50., the decoration later
The centre painted with the centaur Eurytus carrying off Hippodamia on his back accross a river, Theseus drawing his bow on the distant bank, in a wooded river landscape, the border with a chocolate band reserved with blue ground panels with scrolling gilt foliage, between gilt bands with ogival and dot ornament, gilt line rim (minute wear to gilt rim)
9 in. (24.8 cm.) diam.

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The centaurs had been invited to the wedding celebrations of King Pirithous (of the Lapiths) to Hippodamia. One of them, Eurytus, attempted to carry off Hippodamia, and a battle ensued. Theseus, a guest, was instrumental in driving off the centaurs.
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