A pair of famille rose export 'European subject' soup plates Qianlong, circa 1760
Lot 32
A pair of famille rose export 'European subject' soup plates Qianlong, circa 1760
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,296) inc. premium
Auction Details
A pair of famille rose export 'European subject' soup plates Qianlong, circa 1760
Lot Details
A pair of famille rose export 'European subject' soup plates
Qianlong, circa 1760
Painted and gilt with central shaped panels depicting 'Cybele and the Lion'. The reclining semi-nude female holding a cornucopia of flowers, a child and recumbent sleeping lion at her side, a shepherd in the distance before European style buildings, all within delicately painted gilt scrollwork borders. 22.2cm (8.3/4in) diam.

Footnotes

  • In Greek mythology, Cybele or Rhea is associated with mountains, town and city walls, fertile nature, and wild animals. The presence of the Lion here is a reminder that Cybele rode in a chariot drawn by the king of beasts. The reverence for Cybele is thought to have begun in Crete, probably during the Minoan civilisation, but there appears to be some confusion as to how Rhea and Cybele came to be identified in one deity.

    Whatever the case, Cybele's role is significant. As the daughter of Uranus, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, she is an important protagonist, surviving into Roman mythology as Ops, the wife of Saturn.

    For an illustrated example of this design see 'Qing Porcelain', Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre, Thames and Hudson, 1987, p.193. Interestingly, Cybele also appears in Canton enamel, riding in her chariot drawn by lions (see The Mottahedeh Collection, Sotheby's New York, October 19th 2000, Lot 417).
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