Vienna porcelain oval plaque. ‘Telemach u Mentor auf Calypso’.Date mark for 1820.


A fine and large Vienna porcelain oval plaque, dated 1820, and signed Jäger. Painted to the centre, with a mythological scene of Athena, disguised as Mentor, visiting Telemachus, whilst he is attended to by maidens with wine, flowers and fruit. Within a broad gilt border, adorned with gilt scrollwork, and stylised leaf motif.
Having a further border around the rim, decorated with oval panels of silouhetted figures, and gilded panels of heron. Within an elaborate gilt border, on a crimson ground.

Underglaze blue Beehive mark, and impressed date mark (1)820 to the reverse. Titled ‘Telemach u Mentor auf Calypso’.

Length - 41 cm, 16 1/8”.
Width - 28 cm, 11”.

Condition - Perfect. No damage. No restoration.

Literature: When Odysseus left for the Trojan War, he placed his foster brother Eumaeus, and the ageing Mentor in charge of Telemachus, and his palace.
When Athena visited Telemachus she took the disguise of Mentor to hide herself from the suitors of Telemachus's mother Penelope. As Mentor, the goddess encouraged Telemachus to stand up against the suitors and go abroad to find out what happened to his father. When Odysseus returned to Ithaca, Athena appeared briefly in the form of Mentor again at Odysseus' palace.

Medium: Porcelain

Signed/Inscribed: Underglaze blue Beehive mark, and impressed date mark (1)820 to the reverse. Titled ‘Telemach u Mentor auf Calypso’.

Height:  28 cm, 11.02"
Width:  41 cm, 16.14"

Condition: Perfect. No damage. No restoration.

£2,650

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