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Romulus and Remus

ca. 1830
19th c
7 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (17.78 cm x 19.05 cm x 16.51 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.99

Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, are presented here, as they typically are, being suckled by a she-wolf. According to legend, the twins were thrown into the Tiber River as infants. They were saved from drowning by a she-wolf who raised the children as her own. Romulus went on to become the first king of Rome.

The broad leaves and flowers - called "bocage" - and the figure of the bird behind the she-wolf, as well as the ornate grassy mound on which the figures are placed, represent an effort to place the classical subject within a realistic wooded landscape.

2003 - 2004: "Clay Bodies: Staffordshire Figurative Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld," October 4, 2003 - April 4, 2004, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Representational Earthenware sculpture

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  • H: 7; W: 7 1/2; D: 6 1/2 inches Dimensions: 7 x 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (17.78 x 19.05 x 16.51 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 2005

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