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A Nymphenburg figure of a putto in disguise as Minerva
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more According to an 1760 inventory of forms, the series originally consisted of twenty-six figures, representing the Olympian gods. Although Bustelli most probably intended the male and female deities to be paired together, no precise grouping can be established and only twenty-three figures have so far been accounted for.
A Nymphenburg figure of a putto in disguise as Minerva

CIRCA 1760, SHIELD WITH IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHIELD MARK, BASE WITH IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHIELD AND O

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A Nymphenburg figure of a putto in disguise as Minerva
Circa 1760, shield with impressed Bavarian shield mark, base with impressed Bavarian shield and O
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, looking to the right in a brightly plumed gilt helmet, a gilt-edged pale-yellow lined puce robe slung over her shoulder and back, a scaled armoured vest over a dark-red and gilt-striped red robe, holding a spear in her right hand, the other hand supporting a shaped shield edged with gilt scrolls resting on the ground, the shield's centre moulded with Medusa's head above a gilt-edged impressed shield mark, on a shaped circular flat mound base edged with sweeping gilt scrolls (upper part of spear lacking, slight wear to gilding, possibly some re-touching to gilding of robes)
4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 513.
Literature
Alfred Ziffer, 1991, p. 44, no. 17.
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This figure, which was first modelled by Bustelli between 1755 and 1758, is described by Ziffer, op.cit. (1991) as one of the most finely decorated examples of this figure.
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