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Christian Mayer and Family


Sculpture of the wealthy German merchant Mayer family including the father, Christian, standing, his wife seated. Their son Leavis is sat on her lap and their daughter Anna Maria is standing at her right hand. The group of figures sits atop a cylindrical pedestal inscribed with lyrics from Homer.


circa 1796



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Inscription of Homer writings on pedestal reads: "Of all the gifts Of Heaven, more precious none I deem, than Peace 'Twixt wedded pair, and union undissolved; Envy torments their enemies, but joy Pills ev'ry virtuous breast, and most their own." During my parents' lives this group was placed prominently in the hall of their dwellings, and the classical motto that it -bore Avas always the law of their happy home."

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Gift of Mrs. M. W. Mayer

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