From Italy, this beautifully hand painted majolica urn dates to the last quarter of the 19th century. One side features Bacchus and Ariadne. Bacchus was the ancient Greek god of wine, winemaking, grape cultivation, fertility, and theater. His Greek name was Dionysus. Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She helped the Greek hero, Theseus, escape from her father’s labyrinth, but he soon abandoned her on the island of Naxos. Dionysus rescued her, as seen here rushing in and honored her by flinging her crown into the sky, where it became a constellation of stars. The other side features Pan with his signature flute. He is looking towards a joyful group of people involved with grapes and wine sitting beneath mature grapevines. A deer is behind Pan munching on the leaves. There are two female demi-figures for handles on either side. The pedestal style base features two Bacchanalian putti.
This colorful antique majolica urn will be an attribute anywhere it is placed.
CONDITION: Old repair to separation from base (see photos), vase has slight lean to it. Minor chips and wear commensurate with age and use.
H=23 3/8, W=22 1/4, D=11 1/2
Late 19th Century Italian Majolica Urn