Plate

Spanish (Alcora)
about 1730-50
Made at Alcora Manufactory (Spanish, active 1727–about 1858)


Object Place: Europe, Alcora, Spain

Dimensions

Diameter x height: 43.2 x 5.5 cm (17 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.361

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware, enamel decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

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.

Inscription

Stickers on reverse:

M.F.A. G W Wales 686

Wales Moustiers 1005 M.C.

Provenance

Madrid (purchased for $35.00). Mr. George Washington Wales; 1895, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales