Pair of vases, Frederick Sonne, Terracotta, Danish, Copenhagen

Pair of vases

Manufacturer:
Frederick Sonne
Decorator:
V. Wendrich
Artist:
After marble reliefs by Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, Copenhagen 1770–1844 Copenhagen)
Date:
ca. 1875
Culture:
Danish, Copenhagen
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Height (.1): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm);
Height (.2): 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. B. V. Smith, 1969
Accession Number:
69.216.1, .2
Not on view
These vases are decorated with scenes based on marble reliefs of 1825 by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844) that are on the facade of the Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen. On .1, Minerva, goddess of wisdom, places a butterfly, image of the soul, upon the head of a man of clay formed by Prometheus; on .2, Nemesis, goddess of retributive justice, reads the records of a man's like to Jupiter, seated on his tribunal and holding a thunderbolt.
Marking: Inscribed on underside of each: WENDRICH / SONNE / 29
Mrs. B. V. Smith (until 1969; to MMA)