After marble reliefs by Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, Copenhagen 1770–1844 Copenhagen)
Height (.1): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Height (.2): 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. B. V. Smith, 1969
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Inscribed on underside of each: WENDRICH / SONNE / 29