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Wax model- The feast of the Gods - 1773

The Feast of the Gods, © Wedgwood Museum
    The Feast of the Gods
    © Wedgwood Museum

Wax model for The feast of the Gods. After a bronze by Gugielmo della Porta. The design was in production by 1773.Feast of the Gods seem to have been particularly well known in the 18th Century, and was probably copied by Wedgwood from an intermediate source, a bronze relief by Jakob Cornelisz Cobaert (d. 1615).

Guglielmo Della Porta (d. 1577) was an Italian Renaissance artist, sculptor and designer whose work was copied or adapted for reproduction by Wedgwood. The first pieces were produced c. 1768. All pieces appear in black basaltes as oval plaques, often with basaltes frames and occasionally with traces of bronze or gilding. The Boar Hunt and Feast of the Gods seem to have been particularly well known in the 18th Century, and the latter was probably copied by Wedgwood from an intermediate source, a bronze relief by Jakob Cornelisz Cobaert (d. 1615). Some of della Porta’s reliefs were also copied by the Doccia factory for reproduction in porcelain.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/wax
  • Mark: Unmarked
  • Year produced: 1773
  • Material: wax
  • Decoration: wax relief
  • Accession number: 3224