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Octavio from the Italian Comedy: C.1-1947

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Octavio from the Italian Comedy


Factory: Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Bustelli, Franz Anton




Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed except for the underside, which has a large circular ventilation hole at the back. The figure stands on a flat asymettrically shaped base rising up at the back into a support with a shallow S scroll on the viewer's right and a frilled C scroll on the left. Octavio stands on his left leg with his right leg advanced. He leans forward, tilting and turning his head towards his left, and has his right hand under the skirt of his waistcoat, and his left arm bent and the fingers of his left hand raised to his mouth. His hair is in a bag tied with a bow at the back. He wears a bow on the front of his neck, a shirt with ruffles at the wrists, a waistcoat with pockets on the flaps, coat, breeches and buckled shoes. He carries a tricorne hat under his left arm.


History note: Collection of Princess Liechtenstein, Schloss Judenburg, near Graz, Austria

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.2 cm
Height: 18.9 cm
Width: 8.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Neudeck in der Au ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1947) by Backer, H.E.


3rd quarter 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1760 : Modelled by 1760


Modelled by Bustelli at Neudeck by 1760, and made there or after the factory moved to Nymphenburg in 1761

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rautenschild

  • Location: On support at the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: o
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1947
Primary reference Number: 140104
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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