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Figure group: C.996-1928

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Object information


  • Cupid and Psyche

White earthenware with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze

White earthenware, moulded, and coated with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze (pearlware). Fgures of Cupid and Psyche embracing standing beside each other on a shallow square base

Sotheby's, London, 9 March 1909, lot 16; bought by Mr S. Fenton for £3.5s.0d (+ 10% commission) for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Named entities

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1928-12-07




This model was derived from the marble winged Cupid and Psyche, which had been found near S. Stefano Rotondo in Rome in 1666, and was taken to the Uffizi in Florence. The high status of this marble was demonstrated by its inclusion in Zoffany's painting of the 'Tribuna of the Uffizi' begun in 1772. The group was also produced in porcelain by the Ginori factory at Doccia. The popularity of reproductions of the group can be gauged by a reversed model, shown standing on top of a drop front secretaire in a Directoire period gouache by J.BN. Mallet, entitled 'La visite aux jeunes mariés', in the Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris. The winged Cupid and Psyche became less admired after the finding of a marble representing the embracing couple without wings which was found in 1749 and placed in the Capitoline Museum in Rome.

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 46.5 cm

Agents depicted

Components of the work

  • Base measuring: Width by cm by 19.5

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Moulding : White earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, and coated with clear blue-tinted lead-glaze
  • Lead-glazing

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.996-1928
  • Primary reference Number: 93840
  • Old object number: 3005
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Friday 19 February 2021
  • Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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