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Catalog Number R1988.1.6
Object Name Bowl
Description Bowl decorated en grisaille and gold, with continuous scene of an amorous couple observed by a winged figure looking on from amongst billowing clouds, all within a landscape of trees and low hills, narrow bands on the interior rim, floral spray at the center.

The scene, which depicts Mars caressing Venus under the watchful eye of Cupid, is based on an episode in the "Metamorphoses".

While an illustrated edition of Ovid's work could be the source for this scene, its composition and style are reminiscent of Bartholomeus Spranger (1546-1611), whose paintings of mythological themes were widely disseminated through engravings made by Hendrick Goltvius (1558-1617), Aegidius Sadeler II (1570?-1629), and Pieter de Jode I (1570-1634), among others.

Whatever its source, the scene illustrated here has a history that reaches back to classical antiquity, and versions are known on several first-century Pompeiian wall paintings.
Year Range from 1740
Year Range to 1750
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View No