Lot 81: Nymphenburg, Porcelain Figures Harlekin and Harlekine, c. 1900
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Porcelain, polychrome and gold painted
Munich, circa 1900
Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg, founded in 1753
Model: Franz Anton Bustelli (1723-1763), circa 1756
Each with pressed in shield mark as well as the model numbers 81/3 and 82/3
Comedian couple 'Arlequina' and 'Harlekin' of the 'Commedia dell'arte', each on a flat rocaille base with applied flowers and leaves
Height: 22 and 20.5 cm
Particularly delicate painted figures in the typic moved posture and use of forms of the rococo porcelain artists Franz Anton Bustelli
Both figures are in good age-related condition. Merely the spiral on the Harlekins belt as well as the right hand of the Harlekine have been restored.
Franz Anton Bustelli (1723-1763)
Bustelli, born in Switzerland, startet to work for Nymphenburg in 1754 and was soon known as one of the most important porcelain artists of the rococo. He created figurines of all sorts, amongst them religious, mythologist and Chinese motives. His most popular and sought after figures are the sixteen beautiful ones he created for his series Commedia dellArte. Bustellis figures all feature long mannerist limbs as well as the flat and simple Rocaille-base.
Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg
Since the 18th century, fine porcelain has been elaborately manufactured by hand in Nymphenburg. In 1753, the porcelain manufactory Nymphenburg was established in Neudeck and in 1761 the factory moved near to the Electors palace at Nymphenburg, where it remained until today. When Franz Anton Bustelli was appointed master modeler in 1754, the artistic upswing of the factory began. Already ten years later it achieved international fame. From then onwards (until today) successful cooperation with renowned artists and designers followed. Products by the porcelain manufactory are still awarded with prizes and are exhibited in international collections. (kre)
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