17 December 2002
A Meissen porcelain group of the drunken Silenus
Circa 1760, marked with underglaze blue crossed swords
Painted in colours, modelled by F.E. Meyer, depicting the nude lolling Silenus seated on a donkey's back draped with a purple garment scattered with flowerheads, flanked by a scantily clad young Bacchus wearing a yellow-lined garment enhanced with Indianische Blumen and holding a baton, further with a recumbent bacchic putto, on oval base encrusted allover with vine leaves and bunches of grapes
19 cm. high
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Cf. R.E. Röntgen, The Book of Meissen, Atglen-Pennsylvania, 1996, pp. 155-157 for a full discussion of this group, first created by F.E. Meyer and with further versions by M.V. Acier, Matthäi and Leuteritz.
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