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Time upholding Truth: C.59-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Time upholding Truth


Factory: Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Auliczek the Elder, Dominikus Jacob




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt.

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels and gilt. The unglazed underside has a large D-shaped hole which rises into the group. The group stands on a square base with straight sides. Winged and bearded Time stands, lifting Truth up onto his left shoulder. A putto holding a mallet in his right hand and a mask in his left hand reclines with his legs between Time's feet. Time has golden wings, and is nude, apart from a cloth decorated with floral sprays and a yellow lining which is draped across his loins and hangs down to the ground at the back. Truth has a pink drape, a belt with a green cabochon gem at the front, and brown sandals.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nymphenburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1766 CE - 1776 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rautenschild

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 4
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-1950
Primary reference Number: 38532
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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