Neoclassical sculpture crafted of marble featuring Cupid, a winged adolescent, offering a rose to a butterfly he is holding by the wings.
Dim: W: 11,4 in - D: 6,7in - H: 15,4in.
Dim: L:29cm, P:17cm, H:39cm.
Symbol and Mythology
The butterfly, a prisoner, is the symbol of the soul (in Greek, Psyche). In Greek mythology, Psyche, Cupid's wife, is the personification of the soul. The myth of Cupid and Psyche was very popular during the neoclassical period. The most important artists of the period executed several versions, such as Antonio Canova (1757-1822) whose "Eros and Psyche" (1793) is housed in the Louvre.
Antoine-Denis Chaudet (Paris, 1763 - Paris, 1810) shown his plaster model at the 1802 Salon. Inspired by certain classical and Renaissance sculptures, he created a delicate figure, dominated by harmonious contours and grace. The original marble completed in 1817 by Chaudet's friend Pierre Cartellier (1757-1831) is in the Louvre Museum. Our marble figure rests on a Vert-de-Mer marble base.
In overall good condition with a small restoration to the pinky finger.
Louvre Museum online database.