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  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kirkby, Thomas, born 1824 - died 1891 (artist)
    Minton (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Thrown earthenware painted with overglaze enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 32, shelf 6

Physical description

Thrown earthenware tazza with a clear glaze, with enamel overglaze colours, the rim and foot banded with yellow and brown, the principal design depicting Cupid riding an eagle and holding thunderbolts, fleeing from Jupiter seated in clouds, while river gods watch from below.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


1862 (made)


Kirkby, Thomas, born 1824 - died 1891 (artist)
Minton (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Thrown earthenware painted with overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed 'Cupid stealing the Thunder from Jupiter' in grey enamel

'MINTON' crowned with 3 ermine motifs, encircled
printed mark in puce


Diameter: 34.5 cm Taken from Register

Object history note

Shown in the London International Exhibition in 1862

Descriptive line

Tazza depicting Cupid stealing Jupiter's thunderbolts, by Thomas Kirkby, Minton, England (Stoke-on-Trent), 1862




Thrown; Painted


Ceramics; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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