Hebe, Denmark

Hebe, Denmark

Hebe
Made by Bing & Grøndahl; modelled by C.O.A. Schjeltved after Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Denmark, Copenhagen
1871
Biscuit porcelain
Museum no. Misc.124-1921
Given by Her Majesty's Commissioners. Shown at the International Exhibition, London, 1871

This life-size sculpture is probably the largest porcelain figure ever made in a single piece. Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth and a cup-bearer for the gods.

The figure was modelled after a sculpture of 1816 by the Danish Neo-classical artist Bertel Thorvaldsen. The Danish firm of Bing & Grøndahl specialised in making replicas of famous statues in biscuit (unglazed) porcelain.