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Of plinth form with foliate moldings, the front panel with The Triumph of Galatea; the alternative covers each with Cupid firing or sharpening an arrow 5in. wide by 11in. high
Galatea, a Nereid or sea-nymph, of Sicilian origin, loved a handsome youth called Acis, thereby arousing the jealous wrath of Polyphemus, a monstrous one-eyed giant, one of the Cyclopes, who in a rage threw a boulder at Acis, killing him. In celebration of her undying love, the Triumph of Galatea depicts her riding in her sea chariot, a cockleshell drawn by dolphins, while tritons blow conch-shell trumpets in her honor and Cupid flies overhead firing arrows of Love at her.
A shallow inkstand with a kneeling cupid, related to that in the lower design on the present sheet, was sold at Christie's London, June 8, 1989, lot 15.
|Height||50.80 cm||(20.00 inches)|
|Width||66.00 cm||(25.98 inches)|