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Shepherd playing a Lute: C.6-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Shepherd playing a Lute


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. The base is roughly rectangular with a wavy edge, and rises up into a sloping mossy bank with a low tree stump on the viewer's right. A flower surrounded by eight leaves is applied to the ground in front of the stump. The elegant shepherd reclines on the bank, leaning his right elbow on the stump, and holding the peg end of the lute in his left hand and plucking its strings with his right. His head is turned sharply to the viewer's left, his right leg is extended behind him, and his right foot projects over the left front of the base. He wears a tricorne hat, a buttoned up coat, breeches with bows at the knees, and shoes tied on top.


History note: H.E. Backer, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Bequest Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.7 cm
Length: 14.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Neudeck in der Au ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1950) by Backer, H.E.


18th Century, third quarter
Max III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Visible Surface composed of glaze ( clear)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rautenschild

  • Location: On the front of the base below the man's left knee
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 2
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1950
Primary reference Number: 140334
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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