Lot 544

Okeanos and Thetis
Frankenthal 1770
Each standing on an irregular rocaille base, partly heightened with gold. Okeanos: Slightly turned in the hip, he points with his left index finger at Thetis, his head turned to the left, with beard falling on his chest. The heavy ruler's coat with moss-covered hem extends from the shoulder in a slight curve to the back. The right hand reaches into the heavy folds of the robe and holds on to the end of the cloak, from whose hem and folds countless pearl necklaces spring forth. A vine of leaves runs from the elbow of the right arm over the robe, like a sash of an order from the right shoulder to the left hip. He wears high-laced sandals. Thetis: Light-footedly striding across the floods of water that pour out of an overturned vase. Her head turned to the right. The long, knotted hair falls onto her back. With her right hand she holds a shell filled with coral branches, seaweed, snails and pearls. In her left hand she holds a shell with a slit open and a string of pearls hanging from it. Thetis is clothed in a short upper garment, heavy coat and leaf vine. Both figures are colourfully painted, partly black oxidized silver. Porcelain, on the bottom underglazed blue CT mark with number "7", incised mark "MO21" (Thetis). Models by Konrad Linck. The figures are the main works of Konrad Linck in his rococo period and thus a highlight of German rococo porcelain sculpture. The two god figures shown here can be considered a successful example of the idea of an ancient heaven of gods at that time. The costumes of the gods go back to a design by Louis-René Boquet, who created them in 1763 for a ballet by Jean-Georges Noverre "La Victoire de Neptune". While according to the older view of Max Sauerlandt, Linck's main work was inspired by the monodrama of the German Rococo poet Karl Wilhelm Ramler (1725-1796). Okeanos is an allegory of Carl-Theodor and his behaviour towards the great powers. In Greek mythology, Okeanos was the only one who did not take part in the murderous Titan battles from which the world of the gods sprang, participated and survived. This is how Carl-Theodor saw his position among the great powers. Okeanos is said to embody Carl-Theodor's ruling virtues, similar to Thetis, which represents the prosperity that came with it. (min. best. and rest.) Provenance: His Excellency War Minister Count von Horn, Munich. Auctioned: Sotheby's, London 3 June 1969; Ney York 22 April 1982, DM 133000; see F.H. Hofmann, Frankenthal porcelain, plate 74, no. 311 (id. fig.); F.H. Hofmann, Propyläen art history, Erg.-Bd. Porzellan, Berlin 1980, p. 278, ills. 85; M. Sauerlandt, Deutsche Porzellanfiguren des 18. Jhs., Cologne 1923; P.W. Meister, Slg. Paul Eisenbeis, Bd. 2, Frankfurt 1967, p. 104; A.Ch. Gruber, Keramikfreunde der Schweiz, No. 82, 1972, p. 18ff.Okeanos: H=28,8 cm; Thetis: H=26,0 cm