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Cupid and Psyche
  • Filippo della Valle (1698 - 1768)
  • Cupid and Psyche
  • Florence, Italy
  • c. 1732
  • Statuette
  • Marble
  • Height: 83.8 cm
  • Signature: 'CAYOT 1706' Signature is false
  • S22
  • West Gallery I
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Further Reading
  • This sculpture bears a false signature of the French sculptor Claude-Augustin Cayot (1677-1722) and the date 1706, but was recently identified as being in fact an important work by the Florentine sculptor Filippo della Valle. In 1732 Della Valle dedicated an engraving to Francesco Gaburri identifying the sculpture as his own work. Why and when it acquired Cayot’s ‘signature’ is unknown, but a French identity would have probably assisted its sale in Paris to either the 4th Marquess of Hertford or Sir Richard Wallace. Terracotta and porcelain versions of the sculpture are known. Although adult lovers in the original tale, in art Cupid and Psyche are frequently depicted as children.