London, South Kensington
11 November 2003
The Sale of Cupids, the chickenskin leaf painted with a central vignette of a woman offering cupids from a cage to two other women, the reserves with cameos of a lady and a soldier surrounded by Etruscan-style decoration, with pierced ivory sticks--11in. (28cm.), late 18th century
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This was a popular subject, derived from a Roman wall painting discovered at Herculaneum in 1759.
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