Solon's Illustrated Journal records the present vase as completed between the 11th of November 1876 and the 11th of January 1877. Birks is listed as assisting with the ornamentation.
See Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration 1849-1992, Essex, 1992, p. 133 for a photographic portrait of Solon at work on a vase of this form. Compare Christie's, New York, 16 October 2004, lot 121 for a pair emblematic of Fire and Water. Also see Christie's, New York, 25 October 2007, lot 548 for a vase of the same form titled 'Ronde', the central work for the 1871 London International Exhibition. Where the exhibition vase celebrates the union of husband and wife, the present vase explores the bonds of love.
See the archival index on page 58 for a period photograph of the present lot, the margin inscribed, 'Cupid's Raising Fences and putting them down'. For comparison the following page reproduces an engraving of the vase 'Ronde' from the Art-Journal Catalogue of The International Exhibition 1871, London.