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Portrait Bust of Carl Theodor, Elector Palatine: M.17-1948

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Current Location: In storage


Portrait Bust of Carl Theodor, Elector Palatine


Production: Unknown




Ivory carved in the round. Full-face, wearing periwig, cravat and armour. His monogram, CT, is carved in relief on the left arm. The date, 1763, is engraved on the right shoulder.


History note: Sotheby's 13th December 1948, Catalogue of Objects of Vertu, Portrait Miniatures, Oriental hardstones, Ivories, Etc. .... (various properties), lot 28; purchased by H.E. Backer for £28 for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and given by them.

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.4 cm
Width: 7.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948-12-17) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, Mid#
Production date: AD 1763

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Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory carved in the round

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1763
  • Location: Right shoulder
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Date

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.17-1948
Primary reference Number: 31813
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 March 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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