Antique French Palissy Ware Dish "The Abduction of Hippodamia"

A rare antique French Palissy Ware Dish, (possibly 19th Century), lead-glazed earthenware, depicting "The Abduction of Hippodamia". Dimensions: 40 cm x 32.5 cm. Condition: large crack and a chip on the base rim. Unmarked.

* In Greek mythology, the Lapiths invited the centaurs to their king’s wedding. The centaurs drank profusely and attempted to abduct the bride, shown here struggling in her tormentors’ arms as the hero Theseus draws his sword. The battle with the centaurs was often represented during the Renaissance as an allegory of civilization’s triumph over barbarism. The composition was based on a 1542 engraving by the Italian printmaker Enea Vico (1523–1567).

Stock Number PY1505


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