Vases: Ondine and Lorelei
One pair of vases and covers in classical amphora style with handles in the form of gilded oak branches clasping the pink body of the vase. Decorated with beautifully painted subjects by Palmere, 'Lorelei' and 'Ondine', in raised and chased gold medallions on one side and landscapes and trophies on the other.
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Ondine (or Undine) was a beautiful water spirit of German folklore, who marries a mortal and therefore brings about his death. This was later made into a famous novel by the French author Jean Giraudoux. Lorelei was another creature of German folklore, similar to the Greek Sirens of Homer's "Odyssey", she would lure sailors and fishermen on the Rhine to their deaths with her beautiful singing. The German subject matter was particularly significant for Director Haast as a German.
These vases, reproduced in "Art-Journal" and later engraved by Jewitt, are recorded from those sources in M. Messenger, "Coalport 1795-1926", Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 1995, pp260-1, and were thought lost by Sevres experts (Ibid).
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