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The Bride: C.7-1969

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


The Bride


Factory: Copeland
Sculptor: Monti, Raffaelle (After)




Parian porcelain, slip cast bust of 'The Bride'.

Parian porcelain, slip cast bust of 'The Bride'. The circular socle is made separately and is held to the bust by a brass screw, nut, and washer. The bride faces front and looks downwards. She has a veil over her head which falls down over her face and breast at the front, and over her shoulders at the back. It is held in place by a wreath of orange-blossom flowers tied at centre back with a bow.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 38 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1969-10-16) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century
Production date: AD 1873 : dated


Raffaele Monti (1818-81) specialized in carving marbles with illusionistic veils. The Bride was derived from the head of a full-length marble of a kneeling Veiled Vestal of 1847, which was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, and was acquired by the Duke of Devonshire. The parian version was first issued as a 2 guinea prize to Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art-Union subscribers in 1861

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Screw composed of brass (alloy)
Socle Diameter 13.3 cm
Across Shoulders Width 23.3 cm

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Parian porcelain, slip cast.The circular socle is made separately and is held to the bust by a brass screw, nut, and washer.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: R. Monti' in an oval line/'1861
  • Location: On back of shoulders
  • Method of creation: Incised in model
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: CERAMIC/AND/ CRYSTAL PALACE ART UNION' incised faintly, and 'COPYRIGHT RESERVED/ COPELAND/o/ 73' impressed.

  • Location: On back under shoulders
  • Method of creation: Incised faintly into model and impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1969
Primary reference Number: 93981
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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