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Painted Limoges enamel candlestick; copper; holder, large pan and base decorated with twelve oval bosses; the pan painted with triumphal procession ?, two horsemen linked by the group of four figures and another of three figures, including a woman with a triangle. On the bosses a standing figure, possibly Hercules, Jupiter with his thunder-bolt and eagle, Hercules with the Nemean Lion, Venus and Cupid, Hercules and Hydra, Juno and the peacock, Hercules with Antaeus, Minerva, Hercules with the pillars, Mars with his dog, Hercules and Cacus, Diana with crescent moon and dog. Painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille of grey-white with pink flesh tones; details in enlevage and gilding; all on black ground, powdered minutely with gilding.
- Made in: Limoges
- Diameter: 20.9 centimetres (of base)
- Diameter: 4.3 centimetres (of top)
- Diameter: 15.3 centimetres (pan)
- Height: 18.2 centimetres
- Weight: 0.5 kilograms
S Kensington Exhibition 1862 no 1852 as Addington Collection.
- Representation of: Antaeus
- Representation of: Nessos
- Representation of: Ares/Mars (?)
- Representation of: Hydra
- Representation of: Hippolyta (?)
- Representation of: Hermes/Mercury
- Representation of: Herakles/Hercules
- Representation of: Hera/Juno (?)
- Representation of: Dionysos/Bacchus
- Representation of: Demeter/Ceres (?)
- Representation of: Deianeira
- Representation of: Artemis/Diana (?)
- Representation of: Apollo
- Associated Event: Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra
- Associated Event: Labours of Hercules
This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Group of Objects
Painted Limoges enamel candlestick; copper; holder, large pan and base decorated with twelve oval bosses; stem decorated with bearded man in armour and woman dressed like Diana in a chariot; two horses ahead led by a woman; behind chariot a train of musicians and dancers; foot: bosses show: Mars; Hercules and Antaeus; Mercury; Hercules and the Lernean Hydra; Apollo; Hercules rescuing Deianeira from Nessus; Juno?/Ceres? with thunderbolt; Hercules with the world on his shoulders; Bacchus; Hercules killing Nessus; ?The Rape of Hippolyta; Hercules subduing the hind of Ceryneia; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille of grey-white with pink flesh tones; details in enlevage and gilding; all on black ground, powdered minutely with gilding.
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Object reference number: MCN8328
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