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Gilt Zucchero Three Graces
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This set has white seals with Austerlitz Zucchero wax dots, and gilt painting of the Three Graces. The Zucchero technique is one of the most time consuming and delicate techniques that Kathryn Hastings has developed. Each individual seal takes about an hour to make. The set includes 6 seals total.
This Wedgwood seal originates from the late 18th Century and bears the depiction of the three graces - the esteemed offspring of Zeus and attendants to Aphrodite. The inspiration for this work stems from a carnelian intaglio held within the treasury of the King of Naples, a piece that is likely to have been recreated by the renowned craftsman of cameos and intaglios, James Tassie.
The Three Graces, also known as the Charites in Greek mythology, were a trio of goddesses who personified charm, beauty, and creativity. The Graces were often depicted as joyful, graceful, and lovely maidens, and they played a significant role in the artistic and cultural representation of these qualities in ancient Greek society.
The names of the Three Graces were Aglaea (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer). Each Grace represented a different facet of charm and gracefulness:
Aglaea (Splendor): Aglaea was associated with beauty, radiance, and splendor. She symbolized the brilliance and attractiveness that captivate and uplift others.
Euphrosyne (Mirth): Euphrosyne represented joy, merriment, and happiness. She was linked to the lighthearted and cheerful aspects of life.
Thalia (Good Cheer): Thalia embodied festivity, abundance, and good cheer. She was connected to celebrations, banquets, and the pleasures of social gatherings.
The Three Graces were often depicted together in art and mythology, and they frequently appeared as companions to other gods and goddesses, particularly Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The Graces were believed to bestow their blessings upon mortals, inspiring feelings of grace, charm, and aesthetic appreciation. Their presence was sought after in various creative and artistic endeavors, as they were thought to infuse beauty and elegance into the world.
The concept of the Three Graces has endured in Western culture and has influenced art, literature, and philosophy through the ages, symbolizing ideals of beauty, harmony, and the arts.
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