A Berlin Porcelain group of Hercules

A BERLIN PORCELAIN GROUP OF HERCULES

Modelled by Wilhelm Christian Meyer

Circa 1769

Blue sceptre mark and incised K above ‘o’

33.6 cm high

 

Modelled with Hercules seated on a rock draped with a cloak and the pelt of the Nemean lion, leaning on his massive club decorated with a garland of leaves.

The artist Wilhelm Christian Meyer arrived at the Berlin factory in 1766 at the instigation of his brother, the modeller Friedrich Elias Meyer who had come from Meissen during the Seven Years War. He was straight away employed by the factory.

Although his early models are not itemised in the bills, the models of Hercules and Venus are recorded in factory bills of February and March of 1769.

Condition:
Minute chip to base, no restoration. 

References:
Erich Köllmann, Berliner Porzellan, 1966,  I , p. 121, II, p. 310 and plate 69, coloured models of Hercules and Venus on stands from Stockholm, Nationalmuseum

Price: £7,500