The creator of this figure, Franz Anton Bustelli (1723-63), was a Swiss-born modeler for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory from 1754 to his death. He is widely regarded as the finest modeler of porcelain in the Rococo style, and he created about 150 figurines. His first were small classical gods and putti, followed by street vendors and some larger religious figures, including a Crucifixion. Beginning in a series of Chinese and Turkish figures (from 1756 on) he reached the summit of his mature style. The most famous of his works are a set of eight pairs of single figures (1759-60) whose glances interact, portraying theatrical characters of the commedia dell'arte (Italian comedy). These were followed by groups of paired lovers and other figures such as hounds. Because of the strong sculptural and three-dimensional qualities of Bustelli’s art, many 18thc figures were left white, uncolored, but he did devise colorful patterns for any figures that were decorated. The Nymphenburg Factory in Munich still produces his figures, exclusively by hand, using traditional methods to exacting standards. These figures are approximately six and three-quarters inches high and in excellent condition. He’s selling fish, and she’s selling eggs from a crate. They are marked with an impressed shield, various numbers and the word Germany. There is a hefty discount for multiple purchases of my white Nymphenburg figures, including those not showing, so please ask for more information.
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