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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:


  • 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:


  • 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)


ca. 1770 (made)


Bristol porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded


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




Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Quiver; Basket; Flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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