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Bust of Francis III of Lorraine (1708-65): EC.4-1946

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Bust of Francis III of Lorraine (1708-65)


Factory: Imperial Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Niedermayer, Joseph (Probably)




Glazed hard-paste porcelain bust of Francis III of Lorraine wearing a laurel wreath, a neo-Roman breastplate, and a drape

Glazed hard-paste porcelain.. The bust is attached to a circular socle. The sitter faces front, his head turned a quarter to his left. His hair falls down his back in curls with one tress over his right shoulder. He wears a laurel wreath, a neo-Roman scaled breastplate with a mask on the front, and a drape over his left shoulder which passes across his body and under the right arm.


History note: H.E. Backer, 1 Elm Tree Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 from whom purchased for £18 by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-04) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE


Francis III of Lorraine (1708-65) married the Empress Maria Theresa in 1736, but did not acquire the title of Emperor Francis I until 1745. The bust was probably modelled by Joseph Niedermayer (chief modeller 1747-his death in 1784). The bust shows the Emperor looking much younger than he was when it was made.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed; the mould lines on the socle are visible on right and left
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a shield with two bars
  • Location: On underside of socle
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.4-1946
Primary reference Number: 93986
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 October 2016 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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