A Chelsea figure of Cupid in disguise, circa 1755.

The winged figure of Cupid, disguised as a wounded soldier with eye patch and wooden leg, is modelled after a Meissen original by the famous craftsman J.J. Käendler (1706-1775). During the Red Anchor period (1752-6), the wares at Chelsea closely imitated those of their Continental counterparts who had perfected the manufacture of hard paste porcelain some four decades earlier. Rococo scrolled bases, in this case gilt-edged, began to appear on Chelsea figures of monkey musicians and Cupids in disguise, all copied from Meissen originals.

REFERENCE: CER0669

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