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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 157

    TWO NYMPHENBURG WHITE FIGURES OF VULCAN AND MERCURY AS PUTTI

    CIRCA 1765, IMPRESSED SHIELD MARK TO MOUND OF VULCAN AND UNDERSIDE OF EACH BASE

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    TWO NYMPHENBURG WHITE FIGURES OF VULCAN AND MERCURY AS PUTTI
    CIRCA 1765, IMPRESSED SHIELD MARK TO MOUND OF VULCAN AND UNDERSIDE OF EACH BASE
    Each after a model by Franz Anton Bustelli, Vulcan modelled scantily draped in an apron and standing with his knee resting on a tree-stump forging an arrow on an anvil, a hammer and horse shoe at his feet, the mound base edged with scrolls, Mercury seated astride a tree-stump playing a flute, wearing a winged cap, with a caduceus at his feet, on a scroll-moulded base (some damages, restorations and overpainting)
    4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm.) high (2)


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    These figures, and also Fortuna (see lot 155) were all part of a series of the Ovidian gods modelled by Bustelli between 1754 and 1763. For other examples in the Bäuml Collection, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Schloss Nymphenburg Catalogue (Stuttgart, 1997), p. 24, no. 25 (for Mercury), and p. 28, no. 41 (for Vulcan). Also see the examples sold in these Rooms on 9th July 2001, lot 251 (part).

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