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saucer

saucer

Date: 1750 ca

Media: hard-paste porcelain

Size: d(in) : 4 1/2 x d(cm) : 11.4 x ,d(in) : 4 1/2 x d(

Acquired: 1929; Bequest; W. S. de Winton

Accession Number: NMW A 32140

Collection: Wilfred de Winton Collection

The scene on this saucer is adapted from Bernard Picart's (1673 - 1733) 'Pèlerin de l"Isle de Cythère', published in 1708. In Greek mythology the island of Cythera was devoted to the cult of Aphrodite. The subject of couples visiting Cythera became a popular theme in the early eighteenth century, being depicted in engravings and paintings and also represented in the theatre, ballet and opera.

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