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A NYMPHENBURG FIGURE OF A PUTTO EMBLEMATIC OF FORTUNE FROM THE SERIES OF OVIDIAN GODS
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A NYMPHENBURG FIGURE OF A PUTTO EMBLEMATIC OF FORTUNE FROM THE SERIES OF OVIDIAN GODS

CIRCA 1760, GLOBE WITH INCISED O IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHEILD MARK, THE REVERSE WITH INCISED INTERLACED C MARK, UNDERSIDE OF BASE WITH INCISED I

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A NYMPHENBURG FIGURE OF A PUTTO EMBLEMATIC OF FORTUNE FROM THE SERIES OF OVIDIAN GODS
CIRCA 1760, GLOBE WITH INCISED O IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHEILD MARK, THE REVERSE WITH INCISED INTERLACED C MARK, UNDERSIDE OF BASE WITH INCISED I
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, with a naked putto kneeling on a globe, with his body twisted and head turned to his left, his hair blown by wind and holding a pink ribbon fluttering in an arc over his body, the pink marbled globe with a pale-blue chain fetter attached to the reverse, on a rocaille and scroll-moulded base enriched in puce, green and gilding, the front with gold coins spilling out from an orange purse with green strings lying before the globe (minute chipping to underside edge of base, wear to gilding, slight firing cracks)
4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) high
Provenance
Otto and Magdalena Blohm Collection, sale Sotheby's London, 10th October 1961, lot 667 (£720 to Chester)
Beatrice Blohm von Rumohr Collection.
Literature
Robert Schmidt, Early European Porcelain as Collected by Otto Blohm (Munich, 1953), pp. 186-7, no. 279.
Alfred Ziffer, 'Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml' Katalog (Munich, 1997), p. 27, where he also cites other known examples.
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Lot Essay

Blohm Collection label printed O.B. and inscribed 1508. in black ink attached to inside of base.

See Alfred Ziffer, loc. cit., p. 26 for an illustration of the Bäuml Collection version, which also has a similar incised interlaced Cs mark on the globe. A white example without the arched ribbon is illustrated by Friedrich Hoffmann, Geschichte der Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Leipzig, 1921), Vol. I, p. 104, pl. 100.
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