Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cupid ("L'Amour Falconet")

Factory:
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Modeler:
After a model by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (French, Paris 1716–1791 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1758–66
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Figure: soft-paste biscuit porcelain; base: glazed porcelain, enameled and gilt
Dimensions:
Height (with base): 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
45.60.1a, b
Not on view
The biscuit figure of Cupid was first produced at Sèvres in 1758, the year after Falconet exhibited his marble version in the Salon. The factory began producing bases for the Cupid in 1761, the same year that Psyche, the mate to Cupid, was introduced. This base is inscribed with a quote from Voltaire that reads (in translation): 'Who'er thou art, thy master see: he is, or was, or ought to be'.
Inscription: Inscribed on front of base: QUI QUE TU SOIS, VOICI TON MAITRE / IL L'EST, LE FUT, OU LE DOIT ETRE (trans.: 'Who'er thou art, thy master see: he is, or was, or ought to be')

Marking: Incised on back of figure: F
Jules S. Bache , New York (until 1945; to MMA)
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