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Group - Venus and Adonis with Cupid
  • Venus and Adonis with Cupid
    Bristol porcelain factory
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Venus and Adonis with Cupid

  • Object:

    Group

  • Place of origin:

    Bristol (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bristol porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:728-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 12, shelf 4

Physical description

Figure group, in hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of Venus sitting on a rocky bank, half-reclining, with a bouquet of flowers in her right hand and her left arm resting on the shoulder of Adonis, towards whom her head is turned; Adonis sits by her side, offering her a basket of flowers, which he places with his left hand on her lap; a larger basket containing flowers stands at his feet; Cupid, with his quiver slung, lies naked beside the rock, tugging with his left hand at a pink mantle, which is thrown over the rock; the left arm of Venus, and the lower part of her body and limbs are covered with yellow-lined drapery, decorated with sprigs of flowers in circular medallions surrounded by gilt wreaths and reserved on a bluish-green ground; drapery with similar lining and gilt sprays on a crimson ground is thrown over the knees of Adonis; the group rests on an oblong base rounded at the corners and decorated in front with symmetrical gilt scrollwork

Place of Origin

Bristol (made)

Date

ca. 1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Bristol porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm, Length: 28.9 cm

Object history note

Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Jacobs, London, for £15 in March 1869

Descriptive line

Figure group of hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded, of Venus, Adonis and Cupid, made by Bristol porcelain factory, Bristol, ca. 1770

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Honey, W.B. Old English Porcelain: A Handbook for Collectors. London : Faber & Faber, 1977. opp 241 p, col. pl. D

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Quiver; Basket; Flowers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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