A pair of German painted porcelain plaques
Lot 2664
A pair of German painted porcelain plaques
Sold for US$ 20,400 inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of German painted porcelain plaques
late 19th century
The first painted with siren nude but for a diaphanous drape across the legs, leaning on a harp and seated on a rock above the ocean, impressed 324, paper label inscribed 324. Loreley n. Kray. after Wilhelm Kray (German 1828-1889); the second a maiden depicted with breasts exposed and head thrown back with one hand brushing back her windswept tresses, impressed 324, paper label inscribed 324. Die Luft n. Graf, each in an elaborate gilt composition scrolling frame of coquillage, applied with flowers and putti.
plaque dimensions 8 1/2 x 5 3/4in (21.5 x 14.5cm); framed height 24in (61cm); width 16in (40.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Loreley (German Lorelei) is a 430 foot high slate cliff which towers above the Rhine river between Mainz and Koblenz. According to legend, Lorelei was a maiden who threw herself into the Rhine in despair over a faithless lover. She was transformed into a beautiful but wicked siren who perched on the cliff and lured hapless boatmen to their death. The boatmen were so enchanted with Lorelei's signing that they allowed their boats to drift to close and were promptly wrecked upon the treacherous rocks.
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