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The smooth surfaces of unglazed biscuit porcelain mimic the purity of classical sculpture and made it a fashionable choice for table ornaments in the second half of the eighteenth century. When set atop glittering, mirrored plateaux amid flowers and candelabra, such figures created a fantastic, mythical tableau. George Washington may have purchased this figure during the last weeks of his presidency for use in the "New Room" at Mount Vernon. Holding an arrow behind his back, Cupid seems to contemplate who his next target will be.


Biscuit porcelain figure of Cupid; he stands in a contrapposto stance against a stump; a strap over his shoulder holds a quiver of arrows hung on his proper right side; his left hand clasps an arrow behind his back; his right hand is raised and points towards his nose; a grape leaf covers his genitalia.


c. 1789-1797



Biscuit porcelain (hard paste)


Overall: 6 5/8 in. (16.84 cm)

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Purchased with funds donated by the Barra Foundation, 1983

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