Josef II became Holy Roman Emperor in 1765 and is depicted here wearing the order of the Golden Fleece.
A number of busts were made at the Kloster Veilsdorf, mostly of the family of Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm Eugen von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, the founder of the Kloster Veilsdorf factory. 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.
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