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Figure of a Nymph: MAR.C.40-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Figure of a Nymph


Factory: Ludwigsburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Beyer, Johann Christian Wilhelm




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, flesh pink, greyish-pink, red, pale greyish-brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt. The glazed underside is concave and has two ventilation holes to the left of centre. The oval base has sloping sides and an almost flat top painted here and there with green. At the back on the viewer’s left there is a tall urn-shaped vase with gold edges, and beside it a group of small applied leaves (now chipped off). On the top at the front there is the remnant of a pink flower, and a leaf. The nymph steps forward on her left leg with her upper body in contraposto. She looks and leans downwards and in both hands holds a large shallow shell filled with two mottled pink shells, coral and pearls. Her long greyish-brown hair hangs down in two wavy tresses over her shoulders and at the sides of her head is interwoven with green ribbon and peals. her face is delicated tinted flesh-pink, and she has black eyes, and red lips. Her upper armsare encircled by gilded armbands studded with large white beads, and the lower part of her body is wrapped in a white drape.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ludwigsburg ⪼ Würtemburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, third quarter#
Production date: circa AD 1766

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, flesh pink, greyish-pink, red, pale greyish-brown, and a little black) gilding
Front To Back Depth 10.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, painted in green, flesh pink, greyish-pink, red, pale greyish-brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: St or S and a dagger
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: interlaced Cs below a crown
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.40-1912
Primary reference Number: 77366
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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