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Time Clipping the Wings of Cupid: C.894-1928

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Time Clipping the Wings of Cupid


Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Possibly)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, III (Possibly)




Earthenware with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, painted in enamels

Earthenware with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze painted in turquoise, yellowish green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, pale purple, shades of brown and grey enamels. The group is supported on a square base marbled in grey and brown. Time sits on a rock with a skull at the front, an hour-glass at the side, and a sickle beside his feet. He is about to clip one of the wings of Cupid who rests across his knees looking extremely apprehensive. Time has a yellow and pale purple drape around his hips, and Cupid has a turquoise drape. Time has grey wings and Cupid dark pink ones. Their flesh, features and hair are painted naturalistically.


History note: Captain Reynolds Collection, sold en bloc to Gill & Reigate; Mr Stoner from whom purchased in 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.1 cm
Width: 14.8 cm

Relative size of this object

14.8 cm31.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
Circa 1790 CE - 1800 CE


This group appears to have been inspired either by a Derby porcelain group of Time Clipping the Wings of Cupid, or by a print by James MacArdell (c. 1729-1765) after the painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), then at Blenheim Palace, and now in the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris. But the position of the figures of Time and Cupid are not alike. The group was probably made in the pottery of a member of the Wood family.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( turquoise, yellowish green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, pale purple, shades of brown and grey)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, covered with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in turquoise, yellowish green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, pale purple, shades of brown and grey enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.894-1928
Primary reference Number: 76303
Old object number: 3217
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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