Cupids

Cupids

A God for All States of Love

Cupids have been part and parcel of the MEISSEN® figure repertoire since the mid-18th century: the God of Love appears in a great many guises - be it as moulded decoration on vessels and grand clockcases or in figure groups. Between 1877 and 1880, the little deity was rendered with particular charm and exceeding humanity by Heinrich Schwabe (1847-1924), sculptor and Professor at the Nuremberg College of Applied Art, who portrayed every possible aspect of love in a wittily historicist manner.

 

Schwabe’s mastery of facial expression and body language allows him to evoke the state of mind of the young cupids in a question with great conviction, lending them attributes whose message is clear: in some their heart is on fire, in others it is broken; some are busy kindling the fire of love, whilst others require a blacksmith’s skills for this purpose.

It is with great humour, therefore, that Schwabe addresses the tragicomic aspects of love. His young cupids are privy to every human sentiment. They are by turn wily, contemplative, precocious, impudent, coy and despairing. Whatever, they are invariably as cute as can be and it won’t be just collectors’ hearts they cause to miss a beat.