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Bust of Christoph Friedrich Nicolai (1733-1811): C.199-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Bust of Christoph Friedrich Nicolai (1733-1811)


Fürstenberg Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
Rombrich, Johann Christof (Modeller)


Hard-paste buscuit porcelain bust supported on a circular socle and square pedestal with moulded edgs which are both glazed. The socle is decorated with slanting gold lines and a broad band round its base, and the pedestal has gold lines on the edges of the moulding. The back of the bust is inscribed in impressed lettering: 'F. NICOLAI./No I


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fürstenberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
Production date: after AD 1785 : first issued in 1785


This bust was modelled by Johann Christof Rombrich (d. 1794) after a plaster bust which had been sent by Nicolai to Lessing with the information that it had been taken from a life mask.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Socle And Pedestal composed of glaze ( clear) Decoration composed of gold Base Depth 5 cm Width 5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste biscuit porcelain bust, with glazed porcelain socle and pedestal with gilded edges

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script

  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: W
  • Location: On back of bust above name
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: l
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised and ? gilded
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: W/F NICOLAI/No. 1
  • Location: Back of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.199-1932
Primary reference Number: 140158
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 October 2016 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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