An exceptionally large mythological subject 'Diana and Actaeon' vase, Meissen porcelain, 2nd half 19th C.

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H.: 159,5 cm (the vase on stand)
H.: 104 cm (the vase)

The base marked with painted crossed sword marks and an incised model number G103.

A similar example in the collection of the Meissen Porcelain Museum is painted by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld in 1865. It is safe to assume that our current example is painted by the same artist. Three studies from his hand, exploring the subject of Diana and Actaeon, are in the collection of the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur.

While very similar, our current example does show a number of small differences when compared to the museum example. The neck is painted in reverse, and the ornamental band below the neck appears to be somewhat more ornate. The foot also appears to have a supplementary circular ornamental band.

Ref.:
- A closely related example is depicted in Bergmann: Band IV, Teil 1: Nachtrag Meissener Künstler - Figuren, Modellnummern A 100 - Z 300, Katalog-No.2092. It is also depicted in the online database. (see reference image)
- The above refers to an example in the collection of the Meissen Porcelain Museum, painted by Schnorr von Carolsfeld in 1865. The Meissen Porzellan-Stiftung was kind enough to share an image of the vase in their collection. (see reference image)
- There is a second vase of this model number and size in the collection of the Meissen Porcelain Museum, depicting another Greek mythological subject: 'The Triumph of Amphitrite'. The Meissen Porzellan-Stiftung was kind enough to also share an image of this vase in their collection. (see reference image)
- In the collection of the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur we find three studies by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, dated 1861, exploring the subject of Diana and Actaeon. (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (see reference images)
- Königlich Sächsische Porzellan-Manufactur zu Meißen: Musterbuch Gebundene Ausgabe, 1890, ‎ Römmler & Jonas, Dresden, also publishes the example in the museum's collection. (Blatt 65) (see reference images)

Provenance: A private collection, Antwerp, Belgium.

Estimate: € 60000 - € 120000