Seemingly identifiable as Ernest Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and father to Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm Eugen von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, the founder of the Kloster Veilsdorf factory, as he is the only member of the family to have been a Knight of the Golden Fleece.
A number of busts were made at the Kloster Veilsdorf factory, mostly of family members. Three, which are a similar scale, can be found at the Schloss Belvedere, Weimar.
Another two larger examples are part of the Pflueger Collection at the Museum of Fina Arts, Boston.
Chip to front of base