Magdeburger Kunstwerkstatten "Medusa and Andromeda" Unique Terra Cotta Sculpture/Vase
Unique Terra Cotta Sculpture/Vase
Germany, Signed, c.1895
Medusa and Andromeda, is a unique three dimensional terra cotta sculpture/vase, created by the German firm Magdeburger Kunstwerkstatten, Reps and Trinte, a studio that specialized in fine works in terra cotta. This monumental piece depicts the entire story of the Medusa, who holds Andromeda captive by chaining her to rocks in the ocean. You can see the chains at her wrists and ankles. Medusa charges the Leviathan (dragon) as guard over the captive Andromeda. Andromeda was rescued by her future husband Perseus who killed the dragon and saved his future bride. This is one of the most unique works of its kind that has been seen to date. It was probably a sculpture/vase designed and created for presentation at one of the yearly Salon exhibitions in Europe. We have consulted experts in European ceramics, and they too have never seen anything the scale and complexity this work. There are numerous incised markings on the bottom of the vessel, and they have shown this was created by the firm Magdeburger Kunstwerkstatten, Reps and Trinte in Germany. Created c.1900 and Measuring 24.5 inches high, this is one of the most beautiful and unusual allagorical works of the late 19th century/earliest 20th century by Reps and Trinte.
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