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Hercules and Cerberus: C.67-1950

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Object information

Titles

Hercules and Cerberus

Maker(s)

Le Nove Porcelain Factory (Factory)

Description

Hard-paste porceleain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in green, pink, red, shades of brown, grey, and black enamels; the deeply concave underside is also glazed, and has a small ventilation split under the tree stump. The figures are supported on a high circular rocky base, painted naturalistically in green and shades of grey and black. On the viewer's right is a greyish-brown tree stump with roots extending downwards to the edge. Hercules (or Herakles) stands beside the stump on his right leg with his left extended behind him. His head is turned to his left and he leans back slightly. He has dark brown curly hair and beard, red lips, and delicately delineated brown brows and eyes. Here and there there on his back and limbs there are tinges of pink on his white skin. A brown lion skin and mask is draped around his hips.In his left hand he holds the lower end of a large dappled brown club which rests on his left shoulder. He holds a knotted rope in his right hand which is extended downwards towards.. Cerberus, in the form of a friendly-looking black and white dog with three open-mouthed heads, is seated beside him. His left front paw is raised towards Hercules, and his tail is curled round and extends beyond the edge of the base. On his neck there is the remains of a rope which originally joined up with the knot held in Hercules’s hand.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.9 cm
Width: 11.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Le Nove ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Late 18th century
Antonibon-Parolin period
Circa 1785 CE - 1795 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( green, pink, red, shades of brown, grey, and black) Base: Width 10.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding Glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: nove
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Factory mark
  • Text: 1553
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.67-1950
Primary reference Number: 140343
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 May 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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