Here is a very impressive and interesting porcelain figure from the twentieth century, a faithful reproduction by the Nymphenburg factory in Munich of one of its premier figures from the eighteenth century. It is a personification in classical style of the goddess Flora, known as the goddess of spring. Symbolically representing the burgeoning life of the season, she is surrounded by baskets of blossoming flowers and cupids, but her winsome womanly beauty is also symbolic of the new life of springtime. She is twelve inches tall and the condition is excellent, with several small repairs made to a high standard. In 1763 Dominikus Auliczek, already an accomplished sculptor, began working for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg as the successor to Franz Anton Bustelli. He created around 100 figures as the model maker and also created the famous Pearl Service, still produced today. From 1773 to 1797, he was chief inspector at the manufactory, and subsequently served as the factory’s artistic director until his death in 1804.
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