This beautiful Cupid sharpening arrows crafted by Meissen porcelain artist has been done delicately. One of the popular art pieces is from the M Series, has a crossed sword mark and is impressed with the number markings. Notice how engrossed Cupid is while he sharpens the arrows. Look at the winged infant as he stands with one foot on the device and one foot on the pedestal. Check the way he bends his head and the glossy brown curls fall over his face. Each strand of his hair is clearly visible while the entwining curls seem to curl and scatter all over his head. See the chubby and plump body with all of the muscles showing clearly. The quiver full of arrows lies on the ground near Cupid’s feet.
Well-crafted Cupid sharpening arrows
The expert modeling skills of the Meissen artist can be seen with ease in the sculpture of Cupid. The delicate features of the face have been carved with precision while the tiny hands and fingers are perfect. Notice the dimple on the elbow, half covered ear and the tiny smile playing around the lips of Cupid. Each aspect has been detailed and expertly executed in highest quality porcelain. The hint of pink can be seen on the cheeks, elbow and even the knees, giving a more lifelike appeal to the figurine. Look at the purple tinted white wings which are small yet perfectly crafted. See the beautiful feathers which were hand painted, giving the wings the much needed delicate look.
Don’t miss the arrow sharpener device, which is set on a beautiful grey colored stand. Notice the gilded edges and pristine lines and clear cut porcelain. Look how it seems to be balanced while the porcelain wheel seems to be in action. The wheel is set on a wooden axel and lever or pedal, the way the porcelain has been cut and carved as wood is amazingly beautiful.
Size: It measures 6 1/2″ tall The base is 4″ diameter
Model Number M145 | Painting Number:45 | press Number 60
Perfect condition with no losses
See the underglaze blue cross swords; Model incised R123, Painted 22 that authenticates it as a genuine art piece by Meissen. It is in good condition as per the age of the figurine. The height of the sculpture measures 18.5 cm/ 7.3 In.
Porcelain Manufactory Meissen
Porcelain has been known in Europe since the 13th century, but always had to be imported from China. Thus it was mostly of lower quality – the Chinese rarely gave their best ware to the foreigners – and extremely expensive. As demand for porcelain became greater, European alchemists tried to discover the formula to create hard-paste porcelain. The production of the first European hard-paste porcelain was the result of a collaboration between the alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger and the scientist Ehrenfried Walther Graf von Tschirnhaus at the court of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, in Dresden. As a matter of fact, it was finally achieved for the first time in Europe in 1708 to produce a white hard paste porcelain and in 1710 Augustus established Europe’s first hard-paste porcelain factory in the Albrechtsburg, a palace in Meissen. The so-called ‘Böttgerporzellan’ actually had more of a stoneware quality and it was not until the year 1713 that white porcelain was available for purchase. Initially unmarked, the motif of the ‘crossed swords’ was developed in the early 1720s and used from 1723 on wards. Since then, beautifully modeled and painted figures and table services were produced at Meissen, establishing its reputation as the pre-eminent porcelain factory in Europe. Outstanding potters, modelers and painters, e.g. Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775), Johann Gottlieb Klinger (1701-1781) and Count Camillo Marcolini (1739-1814), were employed at the factory, which dominated the 18th century style of porcelain, and Meissen wares and figurines were imitated by craftsmen at other porcelain factories throughout Europe. Meissen celebrated its 300 years of existence in 2008. Until today, Meissen porcelain is known for highest quality and originality and greatly appreciated