Bisque group after "Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour" (Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss) by Antonio Canova (1757-1822). German Scheibe-Alsbach Manufactory mark under the base, along with the numbers 1259 and 14.
The story of Cupid and Psyche was a popular artistic choice in the Neoclassical period. Canova produced many versions of the theme. Most were of terracotta, but he also sculpted some marble groups, two of which are in the Louvre Museum : "Cupid and Psyche standing", and "Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss". When sculpted "Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss", Canova was inspired from a legend recounted by Latin author Apuleius in his "Metamorphoses". The sculptor depicts Cupid on a rock where Psyche felt into a deep, deathlike sleep. Cupid rushes to her and lifts Psyche in a tender embrace that wakes her up.
Dim: W: 13,4 in - D: 5,9in - H: 11,8in.
Dim: L:34cm, P:15cm, H:30cm.
In overall good condition, with short firing cracks in the making on Cupid's wing and groin. Removable wings.