A Ludwigsburg figure of a classical lady
Lot 154
A Ludwigsburg figure of Artemisia mourning Mausolus, circa 1775
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,700 - 2,500
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Ludwigsburg figure of Artemisia mourning Mausolus, circa 1775
Modelled by J.C.F.W. Beyer, standing on a rectangular base holding a cup and leaning on a gilt-edged urn on a pedestal, with yellow drapery at the rear, inscribed 'ΟΕΟΙΣ./ ΚΑΤΑ.ΧΟΟΝΙΟΙΣ', clad in puce-lined robes with a purple pattern, 26.2cm high, interlaced CC monogram in underglaze-blue

Footnotes

  • The Greek inscription can be translated 'To the Gods of Hades'. Mausolus was the king of Caria (377–353 BC), and is known for the grand tomb he and his sister/wife Artemisia started building, that was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. After Mausolus' death, Artemisia is said to have mixed his ashes in her daily drink, and died two years after him, neither of them saw the completed monument. The term mausoleum now describes a grand tomb.
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