Venus Plucking the Wings of Cupid, 1745/1746

  • Gaspero Bruschi, Italian, 1701-1780
  • Doccia Porcelain Factory, Italian
  • Massimiliano Soldani, Italian, 1656-1740

Hard-paste porcelain on original gilt wood base

  • Framed: Overall: 14 5/8 × 13 1/2 × 9 inches (37.1 × 34.3 × 22.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council and the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

1990.246

On View

  • European: Grand Tour of Italy-Florence

Department

European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • Gilding
  • Hard paste porcelain
  • Wood
  • Sculpture
  • Figures (representations)
  • Statue
  • Doccia
  • Cupid
  • Venus

Provenance

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)

Published References

Highly Important Ormolu Mounted Porcelain Meissen, Capodimonte, French, German, and Italian Porcelain. Sales cat., Christie, Manson & Woods. Geneva, October 2, 1969, lot 88. Montagu, J. "Massimiliano Soldani's Venus Plucking the Wings of Cupid." Bulletin of the National Gallery of Canada 24 (1974): pp. 31-33, no. 12. Lankheit, K. Die Modellsammlung der Porzellanmanufaktur Doccia, ein Dokument Italienischier Barockplastik. Munich, 1982 (fig. 116). "Selected recent acquisitions." Bulletin of the DIA 66, no. 4 (1991): p. 50 (ill.). 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). Darr, A.P. Innovations during the twilight of Florence: eighteenth century sculpture in Doccia porcelain, in Francesco Robba and the Venitian Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century, Papers from and International Symposium, ed. J. Hofler. Ljubljana, October 16-18, 1998, 2000, pp. 96, 98-99 (fig. 13). Darr, A.P., P. Barnet, A. Bostrom, C. Avery, et al. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 vols.. London, 2002, vol. II, cat. 155. Darr, Alan Phipps. "The Doccia Porcelain Sculpture Collection in the Detroit Institute of Arts." Amici di Doccia, Quaderni, no. 8 (2014-2015): pp. 32–84, pp. 40–41 (ill.).

Rights Status

attributed to Gaspero Bruschi; after a model by Massimiliano Soldani; Doccia Porcelain Factory, Venus Plucking the Wings of Cupid, 1745/1746, hard-paste porcelain on original gilt wood base. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council and the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, 1990.246.