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Statuette - Venus and Cupid

Venus and Cupid

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Genoa (perhaps; or Valencia, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Capuz, A

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure group representing Venus and Cupid is made by A. Capuz in Valencia, Spain or perhaps in Genoa, Italy, in ca. 1700-1750.
A family of sculptors named Capuz originally from Genoa was active in Valencia in the second half of the seventeenth and first half of the eighteenth century. Its classicizing style is reminiscent of the sixteenth century. The signature is awkwardly placed on the base, which might suggest it was added at a later date, although it may reflect a valid attribution. The artist is an enigma.

Physical description

Venus stands looking to her right, resting on her left leg, her right leg bent and stepping forward, her hair in an elaborate topknot; she is naked except for a piece of drapery held in her left hand. Cupid stands at her right side looking down and holding onto the drapery, seemingly trying to pull it away. His quiver of arrows is strapped across his back. Venus point down with her right hand towards him. The right foot of Venus has been broken and repaired. Both figures are on an integral base roughly carved to resemble uneven ground, on which Cupid's bow lies. Signed.

Place of Origin

Genoa (perhaps; or Valencia, made)


ca. 1700 - ca. 1750 (made)


Capuz, A

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'A. Capuz'
under the base


Height: 22.5 cm, Weight: 340 kg, Weight: 92 kg Base (probable weight)

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs. Leitch and Kerin, London in 1937, for £40.

Descriptive line

Figure group, ivory, Venus and Cupid, by A. Capuz, Spanish (Valencia) or perhaps Italian (Genoa), ca. 1700-50

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

Von Philippovich, Eugen. Elfenbein. Munich: Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1982 (Revised Edition), p. 147
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 338, p. 342



Subjects depicted

Bow; Quiver; Arrows


Sculpture; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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