18th Century Derby Chelsea “Cupid on Pedestal with Hearts” Porcelain Fob Pendant
DATE: Georgian, c.1770
An original 18th Century porcelain Derby Chelsea period fob seal. This particular piece features Cupid with a basket full of hearts, and displays the vivid colouring typical of the Derby factory. The design is older, however, originating from the earlier work of the Chelsea factory - there is evidence to suggest that a collection of some 300 moulds was transferred from the Chelsea factory to the Derby factory in the second part of the 18th Century. The original gold bail and seal base are both present on this Georgian piece. These seals would have been given as love tokens by the rich and famous of the day. Originally featured the motto in red, "J'EN DISPOSE", however the "J'EN" has worn away. From Bryant's The Chelsea Porcelian Toys (1925) p.117 - "Cupid seated on a pedestal, draped over his left shoulder with a wrap... His quiver lies on the ground behind him, and at his feet is a basket full of gold hearts, and he holds one gold heart behind him."
Height: 35.5mm - Width: 19.1mm
No marks present, tests as 9k gold