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The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche

  • Object:

    Medallion

  • Place of origin:

    staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hackwood, William (modelled)
    Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufactured by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blue Jasper ware with applied white relief.

  • Credit Line:

    J. A. Tulk Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.118-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 13, shelf 7

Physical description

Oval cameo of blue Jasper ware with applied white bas-relief. The detailed classical scene of a procession of five winged figures depicts the marriage of Cupid and Psyche. The couple are shown veiled led by a chain by Hymen in a bridal procession, whilst a basket of fruit is held above their head. Cupid holds a turtle dove and Hymen holds a torch. Psyche is shown as a young girl and her wings are those of a butterfly. The white relief has a glossy finish and dirty cracks.

Place of Origin

staffordshire (made)

Date

ca. 1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Hackwood, William (modelled)
Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufactured by)

Materials and Techniques

Blue Jasper ware with applied white relief.

Marks and inscriptions

Impressed on reverse 'Wedgwood & Bentley'

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm, Width: 7.6 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: This design is loosely based on a 1st Century sardonyx cameo by Tryphon known as the Marlborough gem.

Descriptive line

Oval medallion of blue Jasper ware with applied white relief decoration, Wedgwood Factory, Staffordshire, ca. 1775.

Materials

Jasper ware; Stoneware

Subjects depicted

Fruit basket; Veils; Marriage

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware; Jasperware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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