Here is an extremely rare flower vase, probably intended for displaying tulips, with an understated and classic elegance and a confident purity of design that doesn’t need to apologize when standing next to the extravagant and fanciful figures that the Nymphenburg factory’s great artist Bustelli designed. There are many examples of this kind of vase in faience and Dutch Delft, but it is very rare in porcelain from any factory, and I’ve been unable to find any similar vase of this type from Nymphenburg. (For an interesting sidelight, one can research the extravagant prices paid for tulip bulbs during the years of the “tulip craze.”) The end of one of the four side spouts is missing and the repair needs to be renewed. Otherwise, it has no damage. Underneath, this vase has the incised shield mark (hard to photograph but guaranteed) and the incised number 5. It is five inches tall. I've included several enhanced photos of the mark, which is the early Nymphenburg shield.
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