This complete set is made up of four of Bustelli's Ovidian gods standing on plinths. Ceres (Summer) is seen with her arms full of grain, Bacchus (Autumn) is celebrating the grape harvest on a big barrel of wine, Vulcan (Winter) tries to warm himself by standing next to a flaming brazier, and Flora (Spring) holds a bouquet of wonderful flowers in her robe, with a few added to her hair for good measure. These are all about six and three-quarters inches high and are 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, 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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Nymphenburg Figures by Bustelli, Set of the Four Seasons.


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