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"Jupiter and Antiope" decorative cup in gilt bronze and patina, 19th century

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Decoration in gilded and patinated bronze, representing the myth of Jupiter and Antiope, made in the 19th century.

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Bronze navette cup with brown and gilded patina representing a naked nymph sleeping on the lid and a satyr on the handle. It can be the myth of Jupiter and Antiope. The front of the vessel is decorated by a winged chimera with a woman's face and a snake's body. The sides are decorated with reliefs representing naked women lying down surrounded by putti. The whole rests on a pedestal.

 

It is a work of the 19th century.

 

This is a well-known iconography of the History of Art treated since the XVIIth century. The myth of Antiope tells that she was so beautiful that Jupiter took the form of a satyr to surprise her in her sleep. This mythological scene is actually a pretext to evoke eroticism. The satyr suggests the theme of the voyeur who takes advantage of the nudity of the young woman, but also reminds us that we ourselves enjoy her beauty.

Circa :1850
Dim: W: 12,6 in - D: 8,7in - H: 12,2in.
Dim: L:32cm, P:22cm, H:31cm.

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In good condition. Time wear to the gilding.

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