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Candlestick with Leda and the Swan accompanied by Cupid: C.32-1932

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Titles

Candlestick with Leda and the Swan accompanied by Cupid

Maker(s)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain candlestick with Leda and the Swan accompanied by Cupid, slip cast, with hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, puce, orange-red, pale grey, and black enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain candlestick with Leda and the Swan accompanied by Cupid, slip cast, with hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, puce, orange-red, pale grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The concave underside is unglazed and has a large circular central ventilation hole. The roughly oval base is supported on four double scroll feet. The top of the front and sides are covered with applied flowers and leaves. At the back there is a tall tree with bocage of green leaves and clusters of small white flowers with blue centres. At the top it has a forward projection with a hole to take a candle socket. Leda sits in front of the tree with the swan standing close to her on the viewer's left, and Cupid standing on the right, stretching across to place his right hand on her left knee.

Notes

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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1770 1770 CE

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, puce, orange-red, pale grey, and black) gold Across Scroll Feet: Width 16.2 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip cast, with hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, puce, orange-red, pale grey, and black enamels, and gilt.
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: K
  • Location: On the underside of the base at back centre near the edge
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

Inscription present: a gold anchor

  • Location: On the back of the tree
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32-1932
Primary reference Number: 80566
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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