Artist attributed to Gaspero Bruschi, Italian, 1701-1780
Artist after a model by Massimiliano Soldani, Italian, 1656-1740
Manufacturer Doccia Porcelain Factory, Italian
  • Venus Plucking the Wings of Cupid
Date 1745/1746
Medium Hard-paste porcelain on original gilt wood base
Dimensions Overall: 14 5/8 × 13 1/2 × 9 inches (37.1 × 34.3 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council and the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Accession Number 1990.246
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Grand Tour of Italy-Florence, Level 2 (see map)
Prince Umberto of Savoy, King of Italy (Lisbon, Portugal);
October 2, 1969, sold by (Christie's, Geneva, Switzerland);
purchased by Leonardo Lapicciarella (Florence, Italy);
sold by (Armin B. Allen, London, England and New York, New York, USA);
1990-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Highly Important Ormolu Mounted Porcelain Meissen, Capodimonte, French, German, and Italian Porcelain. Sales cat., Christie, Manson & Woods. Geneva, October 2, 1969, lot 88.

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Darr, A.P. The Figure Revisited: Early Doccia Porcelain Sculptures in Detroit and its Development in 18th-Century Italy, in The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar. London, June 1994, p. 13 (fig. 2).

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