Left: The Golden Waters (Princess Perizade), Rossetti. Right: The Queen was in the Parlour Eating Bread and Honey, Prinsep
These panels complement the Wine of Circe mural backsplash. Each panel is 6 x 12 inches, or 8 x 16 inches.
Princess Perizade, or The Story of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister, is a story from Arabian Nights. Three sisters are granted their wish and the youngest becomes the Sultana. As part of the story, she loses her children who then, through a series fortuitious events,come to live in a beautiful mansion. Her lost daughter invites an old woman in and is told that her garden lacks but three things to make it absolutely perfect: the talking bird, the singing tree, and the golden water. Because her brothers love her greatly, they seek out these treasures and become enchanted, being transormed into black stones. With the golden water, she breaks the enchantments and her brothers are restored. Through the advice of the talking bird, the young princess serves the Sultan cucumbers stuffed with pearls. When served the inedible meal, the bird reveals the truth to the Sultan of his wife's fidelity, and he repents and releases his wife from prison and restores her to her proper station. You can read the whole story here.
Val Prinsep is primarily known for his part in painting, with William Morris, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, John Spenzer Stanhope, J.H. Pollen and Alexander Munro, the Oxford Union murals on a commission from John Ruskin. This is a different style for Val Prinsep and one fitting its subject matter. It was painted about the same time as Il Barbagianni. This is a full-length portrait of the queen in medieval dress, eating bread and clutching a honey pot. Bottles of colored liquids teeter on shelves behind, and beside her a basket of Easter lilies.
Am I the only one who sees the highly stylized metal figure beside her? There is no dragon in the nursery rhyme, with which Prinsep was sure to be familiar. Walter Crane, also in the wider Morris circle, illustrated a book featuring the rhyme. No dragon there.
Title: The Pantry
Number of Tiles: four tiles (2 tiles per panel)
Size: Each panel is 6 inches by 12 inches, or 8 x 16 inches.
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Price: 6 inch: $325, $535 (when sold as a set)
8 inch $470, $830 (when sold as a set)
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