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Collection

An image of Scent bottle in the form of Cupid holding the globe by St James's

St James's

(England  – )

Title
Scent bottle in the form of Cupid holding the globe
Year
circa 1751-circa 1759
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain
Dimensions

8.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.120
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

Charles Gouyn’s factory appears to have produced scent bottles in two distinct grades, the grander examples having gold mounts. This is one of the factory’s more modest productions presumably designed to attract a wider market. There are examples of this shape bearing an inscription in French – Je soutiens le monde – implying that Cupid, the god of love, holds the whole world in his hands.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 64, 65 (colour illus.). cat.no. 77