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Statuette - Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Turin (probably, or Rome, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    di Campertogno, Marchino (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Helen Huggett

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory group is attraibuted to Giacomo Marchino di Campertogno (1785-1841) and made in ca. 1820-5. It is based on the classical marble group of Cupid and Psyche in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The style of the work strongly suggests Marchino, who trained, like his brother Giuseppe Marchino, under the ivory sculptor Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo (1745-1820), who left him his studio in Turin. He specialised in small-scale reductions in ivory of antique sculptures, which were apparently popular amongst travellers passing through Turin.

Physical description

Cupid is shown naked, embracing the half-draped Psyche. On an integral rectangular socle.

Place of Origin

Turin (probably, or Rome, made)


ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)


di Campertogno, Marchino (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 6 cm

Object history note

Formerly Delves Broughton family. Donor to the museum Mrs Helen Huggett, London, in 1984, along with museum numbers A.12 and A.13-1984. According to the donor the three ivories were acquired by her ancestor, Charles Delves-Broughton (b. 1779) on the Grand Tour in about 1823, and were then given to his sister Elizabeth. Thereafter they were handed down from mother to daughter over five generations (handwritten note from the donor; Museum records).

Descriptive line

Group, ivory, Cupid and Psyche, attributed to Marchino di Campertogno, Italian (probably Rome or Turin), ca. 1820-1825

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

Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon…., XXXVI, Leipzig, 1950, p. 69
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 312, p. 314




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