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Catalog Number R1967.1.126.1
Object Name Saucer
Description Saucer decorated en grisaille and in gold, with continuous border of coronets, batons, floral festoons, cornucopiae, and leaves at the rim, central scene of a male figure astride and eagle amongst billowing clouds and brandishing thunderbolts.

The draped figure is that of Jupiter, ruler of natural phenomena and sovereign god of the Romans. The depiction is after an engraving by Claude Audran III (1958-1734), Les Douze Mois Grotesques, done for the Gobelins factory in 1708-1709.

A painter, sculptor, and engraver, Audran was best known for his tapestry and ornamental panel designs, many of which featured mythological gods and goddesses. Although much of Audran's decorative work is now lost, a collection of his drawings is in the National Museum, Stockholm.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No