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Cupid seated with a Dog: EC.20A-1938

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Cupid seated with a Dog


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
William Duesbury & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a seated Cupid with a dog painted in enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure, slip-cast, with applied hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted in a very ltitle blue, pale green, yellow, flesh, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed, and has a large circular ventilation hole, and three faint patch marks. The roughly circular base has a small tree at the back with two short branches bearing leaves, and, at the bottom, a branch or root forming a loop. The winged infant Cupid is seated with his left leg extended to the side. With his left hand he holds the right front paw of a whippet seated beside him, and places his right on its back. He has brown hair, and wears a scanty drapery decorated with a floral pattern in blue, red, and gold, and a gilded strap across his body from which is suspended a gold hunting horn. The whippet is white with red-brown markings, black claws, and a black collar. It looks up towards the Cupid as if to lick his face. The base is mainly green and red-brown, and has three yellow-centred flowers and leaves on the front.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Cecil E. Byas Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.6 cm
Width: 7.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Byas, Cecil E.


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1770 - 1775


This group and its companion were listed as ‘Pair of cupids, with Dog and Falcon’ in Haslem’s’ Price List of Derby figures, priced at 10s. enamelled and gilt, and 10s. 6d. biscuit, see Documentation

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, pale green, yellow, flesh, red, brown, and black) gold
Main Parts

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 213 underlined
  • Location: Incised
  • Method of creation: On base
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 13
  • Location: On base below and to left of model number
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.20A-1938
Primary reference Number: 82351
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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