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Bust of a Woman representing Spring: C.5-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Bust of a Woman representing Spring


Factory: Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Bustelli, Franz Anton




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh, pale mauve, red, pale brown, and a little black (for pupil of eyes) enamel, and gilded; the underside is open and glazed. The bust is supported on a circular waisted socle with a stepped edge, decorated on the front with a cartouche enclosing an impressed Rautenshield. The woman has long pale brown hair swept up into a knot at the back of her head, falling down onto her shoulders at the back, and dressed with flowers at the front. Her head is tilted and turned towards her left, her neck is long and slender, and she is nude apart from a yellow and pale mauve drape over her right shoulder which is held in place by a pale mauve ribbon which encircles her torso below the breasts and is tied with a bow under her truncated left arm. At the front, the drape forms a curved projection filled with flowers. There are gold lines round the edge of the drape, the edges of the cartouche, and the upper and lower edges of the socle.


History note: London, Sotheby's, 28 February 1950, Catalogue of English and Continental Ceramics, the Property of a Gentleman deceased. Sold by order of the Executors, p. 17, lot 120.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nymphenburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, third quarter
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE


The factory moved from Neudeck to Nymphenburg in 1761

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh, pale mauve, red, brown, and a little black) gold
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rautenschild

  • Location: Inside cartouche on socle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: Z
  • Location: Inside lower part of socle
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1950
Primary reference Number: 140315
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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