Peter Ipsen -Danish- terracotta plaque, design by Thorvaldsen, mid 19th c.

$445.00 AUD

Terracotta plaque of deep relief, moulded with neoclassical scene of cupid wrangling cerberus on his journey to the underworld, within moulded palmette-moulded rim, the ground painted with a rich brown ground.
Impressed ‘3393/9’,

by Peter Ipsens Enke, Copenhagen,
circa 1855

diameter: 17cm

Condition: Rim with small ‘bubble’ from firing process, painted surface with some touch-ups, back shows some staining, very good display condition.


A rare survivor with much of the vulnerable original paintwork remaining.

P. Ipsens Enke was a ceramics manufacturer based at Frederikssundsvej78 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company was founded by Peter Ipsen in 1843 and was continued by his widow Louise Ipsen and son Berthel Ipsenafter his death in 1860. It achieved international success with its replica of antique Greek and Roman ceramics, winning awards at international expositions and opening its own shops in Paris and London.

Bertel Thorveldson (1770-1844) was a genius art born in Copenhagen, who found fame after his ‘Grand Tour’ led him to Rome. He stayed there for 40 years, and his designs were embraced by the fashionable Europeans seeking a contemporary version of antiquity. His best known works are the products of the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory, where his designs were in production from the mid-19th century into the 21st century.




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