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  • Description

    Figure group; biscuit porcelain; two cherubs personifying Painting and Sculpture; one cupid rests on female bust with hammer and chisel; other cupid holds palette and brushes; base is rocky with applied flowers; incised marks.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        maker's mark
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      • Inscription Comment

        Surmounted by crowned crossed swords.
      • Inscription Type

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        N 42
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    Treatment date

    21 March 2000

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Checking condition and cleaning objects.


    Dirty surface and wing missing.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with a weak solution of Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants,sodium tripolyphosphate) and warm distilled water applied with cotton wool. Residue removed with warm distilled water on cotton wool and surface wiped with a dry tissue to remove any remaining distilled water. Left to air dry.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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