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A Nymphenburg figure of a cheese-vendor
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A Nymphenburg figure of a cheese-vendor


A Nymphenburg figure of a cheese-vendor
Circa 1760, impressed Bavarian shield mark
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, his black hat tilted on his head, wearing an orange-lined brown jacket, puce breeches with blue bows and black pointed boots, holding a cheese-knife in his right hand and perched on the corner of a rectangular chest with rope handles at the sides and a gilt-edged impressed Bavarian shield at the front, with four cheeses on the hinged top, a set of scales with a gilt weight and circular platform at the foot of the chest, on a shaped flat mound base incised and painted with tufts of grass and edged with sweeping gilt scrolls (slight chipping to cord of scales, minute chipping to right ribbon, slight wear and flaking to black enamel, two flakes to brown enamel)
6 5/8 in. (17cm.) high
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 502.
Alfred Ziffer, 1991, pp. 40-1, no. 15.
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Lot Essay

First modelled late in 1755, this is one of the rarest figures from the series of Street Vendors. Probably only one other example with contemporary coloured decoration has survived. See Friedrich Hofmann, Geschichte der Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Leipzig, 1923), Vol. I. p. 129 for a similar example. For a fish-seller and egg-seller from the same series, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Schloss Nymphenburg Catalogue, Munich (Stuttgart, 1997), p. 40, nos. 50 and 51.


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