Cupid and Psyche

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Object Name: 
Vase
Title: 
Cupid and Psyche
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
68.2.22
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 33 cm, Diam: 12.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1888
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gillett Welles, Sr.
Primary Description: 
Transparent dark amethyst lead glass; blown, sculpted wax coating. Ovoid form, with two wax loop handles; everted neck; separate bell-shaped foot with ball knop, bolted to base; wax coating covering the exterior, sculpted in classical style; border of pairs of narrow ovals alternating with disks on the neck; ring at the base of the neck; band with winged grotesques with scrolled tails, on two sides, with attached leaf-carved wax handles at either side, with masks beneath; wide band on the body, divided into four panels by fluted Ionic columns, the obverse with a seated, crowned man holding a trident (Neptune), a putto above, with a three-headed dog (Cerberus) behind a standing woman, a seated woman and another putto at the right; inscribed above in Greek letters "EOD [?] TOS / KALE / PEROPHATTA"; in the panel to the right, a man and two women standing, inscribed in Greek letters above "KALISTOS / APHRODITE"; in the panel on the reverse, a woman and putto embracing, standing before a seated male figure with staff and a seated female companion, a nude male figure playing on a lyre, and a female figure holding a goblet, inscribed in Greek letters above "KALE / IEUS / NARA / APOLONOS / APHRODITE"; on the panel to the right, a woman holding a lamp above a male figure lying on a couch, inscribed in Greek letters, above "HOPAIS KALOS"; below, a bead-and-reel border; a wide band of putti and floral scrolls; and a band of alternately rounded and pointed gadrooning at the base; interlaced scrolls on the knop; gadrooning and a band of palmettes on the foot; wax line at the rim; polished basal rim.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Welles, Gladys (Mrs. Gillett, Sr.), Former Collection
Welles, Gillett Sr., Former Collection
Inscription: 
EOD [?] TOS / KALE / PEROPHATTA
Inscription
HOPAIS KALOS
Inscription
KALE / IEUS / NARA / APOLONOS / APHRODITE
Inscription
KALISTOS / APHRODITE
Inscription
Frederick Carder, His Life and Work (1985) illustrated, p. 10, Plate 1, right; BIB# 31192
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 94, 128, #150; BIB# 30609
The Glass of Frederick Carder (1971) pp. 14, 18, ill. 28; 19, ill. 29; 25, ill. 43; BIB# 27279
Frederick Carder, His Life and Work (1952) illustrated, p. 10, Plate 1, right; BIB# 30032