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A Buen Retiro white biscuit group of Venus disarming Cupid
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A Buen Retiro white biscuit group of Venus disarming Cupid

CIRCA 1785, IMPRESSED FLEUR DE LYS MARK

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A Buen Retiro white biscuit group of Venus disarming Cupid
Circa 1785, impressed fleur de lys mark
Modelled after the Sèvres original, Venus with a garland of roses about her hair, the robe over her right shoulder tied beneath her bossom, glancing in amusement at Cupid and standing barefoot by a cylindrical altar holding his quiver in her right hand and his bow in the other, Cupid kneeling at her feet in a mischievous pose with his left finger raised to his mouth, on a rockwork mound supported by a circular plinth base with fluted panels divided by paterae (chipping to Cupid's right hand, part of bow possibly lacking)
12½ in. (31.7 cm.) high
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This subject was modelled by Falconet after the painting by Angelica Kauffman as L'Amour captif de la Jeunesse, and the Buen Retiro example was adapted from the Sèvres original. For a Sèvres example, see Émile Bourgeois and Geo. Lechevallier-Chevignard in Le Biscuit de Sèvres (n.d.), pl. 46, no. 20, where it is given the date 1799.
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