This lot is described on reference 132 in the valuation of the estate of the Prince Marc de Beauvau in 1883 (French National Archives AN.MC/ET/L/1385). It was located in the grand salon of his house on 34 avenue Montaigne in Paris.
This group of Venus and Cupid recalls the stylistic features of the female subjects of the Viennese sculptor Adam Lenckhardt (1610-1661), such as his Cleopatra in the Walters Art Museum of Baltimore (inv. No. 71.416) or his group of Venus and Cupid in the Reiner Winkler collection (circa 1650-1660).
Overall the condition of this ivory is good with minor chips on the high points and surface dirt , particularly in the crevices, consistent with age and handling. There is a few vertical hairline fissures visible at several places, consistent with the material. Venus's proper right hand has been reattached with traces of glue visible along the ankle. Cupid's proper right wing has been carved separately or reattached. A few minor dents and chips are visible along the edges of the wooden base. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."