Antique French Bronze and Crystal Jardiniere
Antique Napoleon III Oval Dore Bronze and Crystal Jardiniere on Four Small Classical Feet, Richly Decorated with Ribbons, Scrolling Foliate, Cornucopia Flowers and Classical Figures.
The Handles Adorned with Foliated Garlands.
The Front and Back Decorated with Mermen, Nereids (sea nymphs).
The First Stories of Mermaids Appeared in Assyria in about 1000 BC. One of these Earliest Legends Describes how the Goddess Atargatis, Mother of the Assyrian Queen Semiramis, Unintentionally Killed the Mortal Shepherd whom She Loved. Distraught, She Jumped into a Lake to take the Form of a Fish.
However the Water Failed to Completely Cover her Beauty; Only Transforming her into a Fish-Like Form from the Waist Down.
Classical Motifs and Figures Associated with the Kingdom of the Sea were often used as Decorative Motifs.