Here Bacchus is obviously enjoying himself, sitting on a wine barrel with his cup aloft. He was often joined with three other figures to personify autumn in a set of the four seasons. He is about four and a half inches high and in perfect condition. From 1754 to 1763 Franz Anton Bustelli modeled a set of small putti at Nymphenburg, representing the Roman gods as described by the Latin poet Ovid. He took a different approach from previous representations of gods, seeing them as smiling, playful children in a Baroque style, with sculptural, three-dimensional poses that twist and turn. Each figure has to be seen in the round to be fully appreciated. Each figure is also accompanied by a specific object or objects that identify which god is represented, for example, as here, a wine barrel and an upraised cup for the god of wine, Bacchus. Bustelli's figures of Ovidian gods have been reissued since the early 20th century by the Nymphenburg factory in Munich as a fitting tribute to the genius of its greatest sculptor.
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