Vases: Ondine and Lorelei

Maker
Coalport
Charles Palmere
Albert Ludovicci
Production date
1871
Description
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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Dimensions L x W: 600 x 225mm
Associated notes
The vases were purchased at the 1871 London Exhibition for 150 guineas, and presented to Julius von Haast in Dec. 1872 as the first contribution to the Canterbury Museum of Art (which later became Canterbury Museum).
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).
Other Id
C1956.141
C1956.142
C1872.1
C72.1
957
194/1872
FA 2131.0
Catalogue number
C1956.141
C1956.142
Accession number
1872.194.1

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