The turner’s number 11 is presumably that of Thomas Mitterer, although it is recorded as in use by him only from 1812. The pairing of a representation of Eros with a couplet by Voltaire appears to have originated with an engraving by Jean Daullé, published in 1755, of a painting of 1746 by Charles-Antoine Coypel. It continued with the inscribed pedestals for examples of Étienne-Maurice Falconet’s 1757 model of Cupid produced in biscuit porcelain at Sevres. The source of this figure is unidentified.
Catalogue entry from: Clare Le Corbeiller. The Robert Lehman Collection. Decorative Arts, Vol. XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 185-86.
Marking: Marks: shield in underglaze blue (Vienna factory mark) on each; impressed numbers 806, 3(?)1 on cup; [illegible] impressed mark and trace of gold painter’s mark on cup; impressed numbers 806 and 11 on saucer.