The Water

‘The Water’, centrepiece of ivory, gilt bronze, silver, and glass.

Magnus Berg’s greatest work, made in 1708-23 but not assembled until after his death. The figures and reliefs depict episodes from classical mythology. They unite in an undulating movement that strives upwards towards perfection, as expressed in the relief of Venus’s heavenly love under the glass lid, which is crowned by a swan, symbolising Jesus.