Kneeling Cupid

ca. 1730-1732 (made)

Delvaux, Laurent

Height: 29.21 cm

911-1855 SCP

Statuette, terracotta, Kneeling Cupid, signed L.D for Laurent Delvaux, South Netherlandish, about 1730

Kneeling cupid with cornucopia of flowers. Signed L.D. for Laurent Delvaux.

This kneeling putti and the second corresponding one (V&A mus. no. 910-1855) are made by Laurent Delvaux (1696-1778) in ca. 1725-8. They may have been made as models for figures on a tomb. Delvaux was trained in Antwerp under Pieter-Denis Plumier, with whom he was later to work in London alongside Peter Scheemakers on the monument of John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham in Westminster Abbey. Delvaux and Scheemakers went into partnership and executed monuments and some garden figures. In 1728 they lefty London for Rome where he remained until 1732, before returning to the Netherlands. While in Rome he executed a number of commissions for Italian and British patrons including John Russell 4th Duke of Bedford, who commissioned a number of works inspired by antique sculpture. He was appointed court sculptor in Brussels in 1733, and in 1734 settled in Nivelles where his workshop produced many religious works, including the monumental pulpit at St Bavo, Ghent. After 1750 he was employed by Charles of Lorraine (1712-1780), Governor of the Netherlands, to produce decorative work for his residences in Brussels, Tervuren and Mariemont.

Purchased in 1855 for £1 0s 2d; vendor not recorded. A pendent figure to this was purchased at the same time (910-1855).

Location: Sculpture, room 24, case 2

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