Decorative Items | None | Sculpture and Carving | Stock No: 16069

Terracotta Ariadne and the Panther


Stock No.16069

A terracotta group of Ariadne and the Panther, after the marble sculpture by Johann Heinrich Dannecker, which was one of the most renowned works of sculpture of the nineteenth-century, drawing huge crowds to view it in Frankfurt, in the "Ariadneum" built solely for its display. It depicts the Cretan princess Ariadne, wife of the god of wine Dionysus, seated on a panther in a relaxed pose. The panther was a creature associated with the god of wine, and here, his wreath of vine leaves emphasizes his connection with the deity.
L Hjorth Factory, Danish, c.1880.

Provenance: Coleridge Collection. Anthony Coleridge was well-known in auction circles, a Director of Christie's as well as Chairman and later President of Christie’s South Kensington. He was a keen collector, not just of furniture, but in particular of works of art and ceramics, and he looked after his collection meticulously and recorded it in considerable detail.

Notes: Johann Heinrich Dannecker(1758-1841), a German sculptor who found that the works of classical antiquity made a deep impression on him, as well as the work of Antonio Canova.

The Hjorth Factory was located in Roenne on Bornholm, and island off Denmark, and was founded in 1859.

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Listed Price: £POA

Width Height Depth
7 12"
19 cms
8 18"
20.5 cms
3 38"
8.6 cms

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