The Three Graces Lamp
Parian figures of the the three graces, or daughters of Zeus. In the neo-classical style standing back to back demurely heads bowed, mounted as a lamp with brass bulb holder, stands on a turned ebonised base, wired and ready to use.
English, circa 1870
The Graces were daughters of Zeus and Hera or Eurynome. Their raison d’être was pleasure – they were the goddesses of play and happiness and relaxation and charm and beauty and nature and creativity and fertility: all that was good. They were associated with the Muses, and were attendants of Aphrodite. They lived on Mount Olympus, where they would host gatherings to entertain the Olympian gods and goddesses, singing and dancing to Apollo’s lyre.
The names of the graces were Aglaia (who represents radiance), Euphrosyne (representing joy), and Thalia (representing flowering). They have been depicted since the first century in marble and by artists throughout the ages including Botticelli, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Raphael. This representation of the graces is a demure pose of the sisters clothed in long classical dresses.
Parian was the name given to a porcelain developed in the middle of the 19th century to resemble marble, the matt white finish was used to replicate larger marble statuary.
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