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The Temple of Cupid

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Dieppe (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 - ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory in brass frame

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Professor J. and Mrs Ann Hull Grundy

  • Museum number:

    A.115-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This ivory relief represents the Temple of Cupid and its courtly style suggests it may be French, probably Dieppe, and dates from the late eighteenth century. Although attributed to Voyez on acquisition, this reflects rather a tradition of ascribing ivories in this style to the British ceramic modeller John Voyez, who was active in the late eighteenth century. He is not however known to have worked in ivory. This ivory seems more likely to have been made in France, probably Dieppe (see also A.114-1878).

  • Physical description

    The circular pierced ivory relief set in a brass frame with a ring for suspension shows a woman holding a flaming heart on a dish ascending steps to the Temple of Cupid.

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 6.2 cm of ivory alone, Diameter: 8.9 cm of frame

  • Object history note

    Given by Professor J. and Mrs Ann Hull Grundy, 1978.

  • Descriptive line

    Relief, ivory in brass frame, the Temple of Cupid, probably France (probably Dieppe), ca. 1780 - ca. 1800

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Tait, Hugh, ed. The Art of the Jeweller, A Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum 2 vols.), London, 1984
    Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 250, pp. 267, 7

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection