Rinaldo et Armida Royal Vienna Plate
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This Royal Vienna porcelain cabinet plate dates from the 1850s and depicts Rinaldo and Armida, the subjects of the epic poem, Jerusalem Delivered, written by Torquato Tasso in 1581. It measures 9.5" in diameter, weighs 15 ounces, and is in excellent condition. There are no visible damages or repairs. Verso has the blue beehive mark, under glaze, of the Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Vienna, along with the title of the piece.
The subject of Rinaldo and Armida provided themes that were popular with both French and Italian artists in the 17th & 18th centuries. It is a story of hate turned of love, of the lovers' dalliance, of Rinaldo's desertion. The story is set during the first Crusade which ended with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 and the establishment of a Christian kingdom. Rinaldo first enrages Armida, a Middle Eastern witch/enchantress assigned by the King of Damascus to disrupt the Crusades by bewitching the Christian warriors. But she falls in love with Rinaldo and takes him to a magic island where they are blissfully happy until he is found by his companions who shame him into abandoning her. Rinaldo and Armida then vow to destroy one another but when she finally has her chance, as depicted here, she is unable to do so; instead she considers suicide which he then prevents her from doing. They are reconciled and the implication is that she will convert to Christianity and marry him. (Source: www.wikipedia.com.) This item resides in our client's place in Westchester County and may be seen by appointment.
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- 19th Century
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