Here is an extraordinary pair of figures, the 20th-century reissue of an 18th-century pair originally created by Domenikus Auliczek around 1754. Auliczek was the second great figure modeler at Nymphenburg, after Bustelli. Ceres is presented as the goddess of agriculture and fertility. She is draped in a not-very-concealing cloth, resting on a tree stump while holding a sheaf of grain. Bacchus, the god of wine, inspiration and festivals, rests on a tree stump while holding up a cluster of grapes as if inviting us to eat. A pitcher (of spilled wine?) lies at his feet, along with his thrysus. Both figures are beautifully and meticulously handcrafted and they look like they’re thoroughly enjoying themselves. Each figure stands about twelve inches tall and is sumptuously decorated in naturalistic colors. The detail is spectacular, and because of their large size this set makes a very dramatic statement on the bureau or tabletop. Condition is excellent. Ceres has no damage except for the ribbons on her shoulder and on the wheat (shown in the photos). Bacchus displays as perfect, but has had restoration to four grape leaves, and the upright brown stem of the bunch of grapes he’s holding has been reattached.
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