The figures, once thought to represent Cupid and Psyche, are now believed to be taken from a scene depicting Galatea and the shepherd Acis. The Chinese artist has omitted the figure of Polyphemus, who stands to their side. He is in love with Galatea and is about to kill Acis with a rock. The whole scene can be found on 18th century tapestries, although the original print source is unknown.
identical design were sold in these Rooms, 10 April 2002, lot 464.