Back in the days when thoughts, good wishes and love letters were still impeccably committed to paper by hand using a quill and ink, writing-desk accoutrements were precious works of art. This spirited double shell has been modelled in typical art nouveau manner with a small cupid observing butterflies on a flower. In portraying the lad as a cupid, the artist Paul Helmig (1859-1939) is citing the golden Rococo period at MEISSEN ®. Cupid is hiding his arrow behind his back. The two butterflies have long since settled on the pink rose, symbol of tender love. Consummately decorated in the finest of shades, this receptacle makes playful and somewhat romantic reference to the very essence of life. Whether it adorns a writing desk, ceremonious dining table or cabinet, it is indeed something of a declaration of love - one that also applies to great porcelain art.