The Wallace Collection

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'L'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Cupid on a Pedestal
  • 'L'amour Falconet' and 'piédestal de l'amour'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), Designer
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1761 - 1763
  • Soft-paste porcelain, unglazed biscuit figure and painted and gilded pedestal
  • Statuette, Height: 22.8 cm
    Pedestal, Height: 7.5 cm
  • Incised mark: 'F'
    Inscription: 'OMNIA VINCIT AMOR.' 'Love conquers all'
  • C492
  • Study
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Further Reading
  • Biscuit wares (in porcelain that has been fired but not glazed) were introduced at Vincennes in 1751 and may have been invented by the designer Jean-Jacques Bachelier. This design, a favourite at Sèvres, was based on a famous sculpture by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, known as 'L’amour Falconet'. Falconet’s original plaster was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1755, and a marble version, made for Madame de Pompadour, was exhibited in 1757, one year before it was produced in biscuit at Sèvres. Frequently biscuit figures of Cupid were paired with similar figures of Psyche.
    The pedestal was specifically designed for this model by 1760 and bears the famous inscription OMNIA VINCIT AMOR (Love conquers all) from the Roman poet Virgil’s 'Eclogues'.