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Mourning Figures in Clouds: M.25-1979

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mourning Figures in Clouds


Sculptor: Della Porta, Guglielmo (After)




Silver, cast in relief and chased, mounted on an oval amethyst plaque, in a rectangular wooden frame.


History note: Putatively collection Emperor Joseph II, from whom to a lady of the bedchamber on her marriage to Signor Corradi of Urbino. Collection Mr Wilfred Buckley of Basingstoke; sold by the Executor of the late Mrs Buckley at Sotheby's 22nd June 1937, Catalogue of Objects of Vertu, Minatures, etc., p. 9, lot 55; Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958)

Legal notes

Given anonymously, from the collection of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979) by Anonymous


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


Probably after Guglielmo della Porta. Previously attributed to Cellini. Perhaps Roman.


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Plaque composed of amethyst ( plaque confirmed as amethyst by Dr Fortes 5/8/1980)
Relief composed of silver
Amethyst Height 10.8 cm Length 14.8 cm
Silver Height 7.0 cm Length 9.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.25-1979
Primary reference Number: 13999
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_25_1979
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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