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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Leda and the Swan

Group
ca. 1754-1755 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Figure group in soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels of Leda and the swan, and Leda is seated on a tree stump and she is slightly draped in a pink mantle, looking down with a gesture of surprise at the swan by her side, and a cupid stands beside her.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels
Brief Description
Figure group in soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels of Leda and the Swan, modelled by J. Willems, made by Chelsea Porcelain factory, Chelsea, ca. 1754-1755.
Physical Description
Figure group in soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels of Leda and the swan, and Leda is seated on a tree stump and she is slightly draped in a pink mantle, looking down with a gesture of surprise at the swan by her side, and a cupid stands beside her.
Dimensions
  • Height: 17.5cm
  • Width: 17cm
Marks and Inscriptions
An anchor (In red)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from a sale at Christie's for £30 9 shillings in March 1881

Adapted from a painting by François Boucher, exhibited in 1742, now in the National Museum in Stockholm.
Subjects depicted
Other Number
Sch. I 134 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession Number
414:171-1885

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record createdDecember 15, 2008
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