9 July 2001
Two Meissen figures of Cupid in disguise
Circa 1750, the first with blue crossed swords to base, the second with blue crossed swords at back
The first modelled as a girl in a fur-lined pink coat holding a snuff-box in her left hand, the second as a boy scantily draped in a pink-lined turquoise robe, wearing a powdered wig, pince-nez and holding an enormous syringe, both standing on scroll-mounded mound bases (the first with restoration to right hand, the second with restoration to pince-nez and nozzle of syringe and with chips to fingers of left hand)
3½ in. (9 cm.) high (2)
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For a similar model of Cupid with a syringe see Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan (1966), p.248, no. 1015.
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