Made at Alcora Manufactory (Spanish, active 1727–about 1858)
Object Place: Europe, Alcora, Spain
Diameter x height: 43.2 x 5.5 cm (17 x 2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Tin-glazed earthenware, enamel decoration
Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)
Figures in center framed by a border of blue and white festoons; Pygmalion in his studio with the model Galatea.
Pygmalion fell in love with a sculpture he had chiseled from stone. Seeing his frustration, Venus, the goddess of love, intervened and breathed life into the figure, who was awakened by Pygmalion’s kiss. Pygmalion is in his studio, surrounded by tools. Venus descends from the clouds, and the sculptor steps onto the pedestal to embrace his beloved Galatea as she comes to life.
Stickers on reverse:
M.F.A. G W Wales 686
Wales Moustiers 1005 M.C.
Madrid (purchased for $35.00). Mr. George Washington Wales; 1895, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales to the MFA.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales