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Cupid as a Doctor: C.53-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Cupid as a Doctor


Factory: Frankenthal Porcelain Factory
Director: Hannong, Joseph Adam




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in green, pink, puce, and and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed including the base, and painted in blue, green, flesh-pink, pink, mauve, red, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The figure is supported on a domed, scrolled and pierced base, picked out in gold, and has the remains of a gold inscription on the front 'Lan ). Cupid stands on his left leg with his right extended behind him, and leans forward, holding the clyster (enema) in both hands. Cupid has rosy cheeks, red lips and black eyes. He wears a long curling grey wig, and a nightcap with a gold edge; a long green coat with a blue, brown, and mauve floral pattern, and pink lining; and mauve breeches. The clyster is gold.


History note: Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Height: 7½ in
Width: 11 cm
Width: 4 5/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • Frankenthal ⪼ The Palatinate ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter
Joseph Adam Hannong Period
Circa 1757 CE - 1759 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( iblue, green, flesh-pink, pink, mauve, red, grey, and black) gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, green, flesh-pink, pink, mauve, red, grey, and black enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a rampant lion

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: H I or I H
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53-1950
Primary reference Number: 140322
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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