Monday, February 10, 2014

CUPIDS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

One of my favorite patterns shows two entwined fairies or cupids flying toward roses.  It was made by William Adams III (1804-1829) in dark blue for the American Market. 
Adams, Two Cupids Flying or Cupids and Roses 10 inch plate, ca. 1825
While visiting my friend, Dora, I noticed she owned more patterns from what now appeared to be plates from a series.  I wondered if they were part of a dinner service,  but so far only plates have been found; no platters or serving pieces.

Adams, Cupid and Venus Holding A Garland 8.75 inch plate, ca. 1825

Adams, Cupid and Venus with Lyre 7.75 inch plate, ca. 1825

Adams, Cupid Surprising a Woman or, perhaps, Psyche Surprising Cupid 7 inch plate, ca. 1825
A few years ago, Sara Avins-Gagnon wrote an excellent article for the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin titled Falling In Love With The Cupid Series.  She suggested that the inspiration for the patterns is the 1805 poem by Mary Tighe (1772-1810) titled Psyche, or the Legend Of Love.  It tells the story of the love of Cupid and Psyche (like most myths, there are many trials).  Take a look at the poem.  Lovely reading for Valentine's Day!  But not as lovely (to me) as the plates.

4 comments:

  1. Judie,
    Its truly one of my favorite of Series. I wish there were more pieces! Thanks for sharing it! I love you Blog! :)
    Sara

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  2. What a fabulous rich blue! I've never seen these in the UK.

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  3. Dark blue was made for the American Market in the 1820s. For example, most of the scenes of historical America were printed in dark blue. Some of the factories that made dark blue for the U.S. were Enoch Wood, William Adams, John Hall, Stubbs, Riley and many more.

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