Skip to main content

Bust of Antonio Canova (1757-1822): C.20-1977

Object information


Bust of Antonio Canova (1757-1822)


Imperial Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Hard-paste biscuit porcelain bust showing the sitter facing front with head turned a quarter to his left, wearing a drape around his shoulders, supported on a circular glazed socle, with below the bust, the name CANOVA in gold a rectangular panel with gold edge. A gold band encircles the base of the socle.


History note: Uncertain before donor

Legal notes

Given by Countess Shelagh Rietberg

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977) by Rietberg, Shelagh, Countess


Mid 19th century
Production date: AD/CE 1844


The sculptor Canova visited the Vienna porcelain factory in 1805.This bust is a reduction of a model attributed to Anton Grassi (1755-1807) which was produced shortly afterwards. An example sold by Christie's Geneva in November 1989 bore the date mark for 1806. An example dated 1808 is in the Osterreichischen Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (Ke 76423)

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sockle: composed of glaze ( clear) Decoration: composed of gold Socle: Diameter 4.9 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CANOVA
  • Location: On front below bust
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Inscription

Inscription present: shield

  • Location: On inside edge of base of socle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Factory mark
  • Text: 844
  • Location: On inside edge of base of socle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Date mark
  • Text: G
  • Location: On inside edge of bae of socle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-1977
Primary reference Number: 140163
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 19 October 2016 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Bust" Web page available at: Accessed: 2021-11-29 14:43:49

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=|title=Bust|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2021-11-29 14:43:49|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo