Luna, the goddess of the moon, stands with a fitting symbol so there's no trouble identifying her, and she would have been paired with a matching figure of the sun. She is about six and three-quarters inches high and is in wonderful condition except that the moon has been reglued, fortunately with no loss.. 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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ITEM ID
F52
TYPE
Pottery, Decorative
CREATOR
Nymphenburg
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Nymphenburg Figure by Bustelli of the Goddess Luna on a Plinth.

$275

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