Presented for sale is a superb pair of early to mid 20th century German hard paste porcelain classical figures made by Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory depicting Bacchus and Ceres. The figures are of large size, rich in detail, and beautifully molded. They are a matched pair and would be stunning on a mantle or display cabinet.
The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory was founded by Royal decree in 1745 by Maximillian III Joseph, Prince-Elector of Bavaria. He wanted to establish the production of porcelain, which was then considered “white gold” to boost state finances. Efforts finally paid off in 1754 when experiments succeeded and they hired the famous sculptor, Franz Anton Bustelli. Among his best known creations are the sixteen figures from the Italian Comedia dell’arte. In 1761, the factory was moved to the Nymphenburg palace where it remains today. Though the factory endured financial failure in the 19th century, it was rescued at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries by the Bavarian government along with the Wittelsbach family. Each piece of Nymphenburg porcelain is hand crafted and sometimes takes as many as two years to complete. Their pieces are highly prized by serious porcelain collectors throughout the world.
These figures were originally sculpted by Dominik Auliczek, 1734 – 1804, a sculptor and porcelain designer born in Bohemia and employed for many years at Nymphenburg. His work was strongly influenced by the Romanesque and late Baroque period. He made many well-executed figures of gods that can still be seen in the gardens of Nymphenburg palace.
The figurines are in excellent condition with minor restoration to some of the grapes and leaves. They are marked with the impressed shield as shown both on the figure and base.
Size: 14” Height.