“L’Amour Est Mort/Vive L’Amour” Pâte-Sur-Pâte Plaque by Minton

  • This exceptional Neoclassical plaque was created by esteemed porcelain artist Louis Solon for Minton
  • Two lovers mourn the death of a winged Cupid in a dramatic scene representing love’s fleeting nature
  • Raucous bands of musical Cupids flank the couple atop podiums bearing eponymous French inscriptions
  • Porcelain by Louis Solon, who perfected the art of pâte-sur-pâte, are highly sought after
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Item No. 31-0233

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This pâte-sur-pâte porcelain plaque was created by Louis Solon for Minton. The charming Neoclassical scene features a figure of a man and woman mourning the death of a Cupid lying on an altar in dramatic repose. Flanking the couple on either side are two rowdy bands of putti-like Cupids dancing and playing musical instruments wildly on platforms inscribed, “L’Amour Est Mort” (“Love Is Dead”) and “Vive L’Amour” (Love Lives), representing the fleeting nature of romantic love. Works by Solon, the artist who perfected the art of pâte-sur-pâte, are highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike.

Marc-Louis Solon was a renowned French porcelain artist who rose to prominence as a designer for the famed Sèvres manufactory in France. It was here in the 1850s where Solon perfected the pâte-sur-pâte technique first employed by 18th-century Chinese artisans. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he emigrated to Stoke-on-Trent in England where he became one of the principal artists at the Minton ceramics factory. Other examples of Solon’s designs for Minton can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Circa 1880

Signed “L. Solon”

Plaque: 8" high x 15 1/2" wide
Frame: 14 7/8" high x 22 3/8" wide
“L’Amour Est Mort/Vive L’Amour” Pâte-Sur-Pâte Plaque by Minton
Maker: Minton
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Plaques
Depth: 2.5 Inches
Width: 22.38 Inches
Height: 14.88 Inches
Canvas Width: 15.5 Inches
Canvas Height: 8 Inches

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