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Cupid dressed as a Lady's Maid: C.99-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Cupid dressed as a Lady's Maid


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: William Duesbury & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Cupid dressed as a Lady's Maid, and holding a powder puff and box, painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Cupid, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, pink, a little red, pale-brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has a large circular ventilation hole surrounded by three patch marks and brown accretions which extend inside the hole. The circular low mound base is decorated round the edge with rocaille frills and scrolls picked out in turquoise and gold respectively, and has at the back a pale green tree stump. The Cupid stands on his left leg, supported by the stump, and has his right foot advanced. He looks towards the viewer’s left, and holds a powder pink bowl in its left hand, and a puff in its right. It has pale brown hair, eyebrows and eyes, pink cheeks, red lips, and white wings. It wears a white cap, a flounced sleeves (no bodice), an apron with a blue edging at the bottom, and black shoes.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.3 cm
Height: 10.8 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
George III
Circa 1775 CE - 1780 CE


This model was one of 'Seventeen Figures of Cupid in Disguise' in numbered 262-278 inHaslem's 'Price List of Groups and Figures' made by the Derby Factory,but not differentiated. It was derived from a larger Meissen prototype, reproduced on smaller scale at Chelsea. See Documentation, Burollet, 1983.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale turquoise, green, pink, a little red, greyish-brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted overglaze in shades of pale turquoise, green, pink, a little red, greyish-brown, and black enamels, and lightly gilt.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.99-1950
Primary reference Number: 82692
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 October 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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