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Time Clipping the Wings of Love
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Time Clipping the Wings of Love
Derby Porcelain Factory (factory)
Dyck, Anthony van derived from (painter) [ULAN info: Flemish artist, 1599-1641]
McArdell, James after (printmaker) [ULAN info: British artist, 1729-1765]
Soft-paste porcelain figure of Time Clipping the Wings of Love, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue (a little), turquoise-green, green (a little), flesh pink, pink, puce, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilt
Soft-paste porcelain Time Clipping the Wings of Love, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue (a little), turquoise-green, green (a little), flesh pink, pink, puce, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has one obvious patch mark and a central circular ventilation hole. The group is on a high, heavily scrolled base picked out in turquoise-green and gold. Winged and bearded Time is seated on a tree trunk with his right leg forward, the foot resting on a sheaf of arrows. He holds Cupid over his left knee with his left hand and is about to clip Cupid's wing with a pair of small shears held in his right hand. Time wears a purple robe decorated with large and small circular motifs, which is held up by red cross bands. Cupid has a yellow drape. On the base to the viewer's right there is a crown, a sceptre, and an hourglass, and on the left, a globe.
The figure (also known as Time clipping the Wings of Cupid) was derived from the painting of Time Clipping the Wings of Love by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), now in the Musée Jacquemart André, Paris, inv. no. 419, probably after an undated mezzotint of this by James MacArdell (c. 1729-65). The print of this subject by Charles Phillips, is dated 1772, and is therefore too late to have been used for the earliest versions of the model. A coloured etching of this subject made c. 1633-4, by François Perrier (1594-1649) bears an inscription derived from Virgil, 'Omnia vincit Amor, vincit mox tempus Amorem'. The theme, however, may have been inspired by a more recent work, Otto van Veen's Amorum Emblemata (1608), which included the verse: 'Loues harrte is euer young T'is onlie tyme that can the winges of Cupid clip, And make him fly more low than he was wont to doo, But Tyme clips not away his good will thereunto, The aged carter loves to heare the lashing whip.'
Derby (factory) (place) ()
Derbyshire (factory) (county)
England (factory) (country)
soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue (a little), turquoise-green, green (a little), flesh pink, pink, puce, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilt
height: (whole): 33.0
circa 1765 to 1780
Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson
Cf. A smaller example in The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle (X 3374).
C.38-1932 (Applied Arts)
C.894-1928 - Time Clipping the Wings of Cupid