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

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Time Clipping the Wings of Cupid


Factory: Lakin & Poole (Probably)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Possibly)




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

Earthenware, moulded, assembled covered with 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. 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 bought for £10 in 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.1 cm
Width: 14.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
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. In Rackham's 'Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain, 1935, it was attributed to Ralph Wood II (d. 1795), but it is the same model and size as one marked 'LAKIN & POOLE' in Southport Museum (no. 122). Thomas Lakin and John Ellison Poole went into partnership in 1791 at Burslem, and in 1795 were joined by Thomas Shrigley, Poole's brother-in-law. Lakin withdrew from the firm in 1796 and it went bankrupt in 1797. The model was by a different hand from most Lakin & Poole figures, and it could also have been made by Ralph or Enoch Wood.

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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

slightly tinted blue Lead-glaze

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: Friday 23 June 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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