A Nymphenburg group of lovers among the ruins
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A Nymphenburg group of lovers among the ruins

CIRCA 1760, KEY-STONE OF ARCH WITH IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHIELD MARK

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A Nymphenburg group of lovers among the ruins
Circa 1760, key-stone of arch with impressed Bavarian shield mark
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, the gallant with a wide-brimmed green hat, pink coat and pale-yellow breeches, leaning forward to kiss his companion, his companion in a gilt-edged white bodice, apricot skirt and yellow shoes, turning her face away and pushing away his arm, each seated on large sweeping gilt-edged C-scrolls supported by scrolls and rocks before ruins with a rusticated column supporting a vase and a dilapidated wall and window arch, a recumbent goat on a ledge and a tree climbing the reverse of the wall, a terrier at the front before the lovers, on a shaped grassy mound base edged with gilt scrolls enriched with puce and orange (his right leg and vase restuck, goat's horns and her left foot restored, dog cracked through two feet with small losses, filled loss between scrolls at right, firing crack across base, chip to her nose, chipping to foliage and extremities, slight wear to enamels and gilding)
10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 497.
Literature
Alfred Ziffer, 1991, pp. 54-5, no. 26.
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Lot Essay

For a similar example in the Bäuml Collection, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Schloss Nymphenburg Catalogue, Munich (Stuttgart, 1997), p. 51, no. 70, and for a similar example in the Untermyer Collection, see Yvonne Hackenbroch, Meissen and other Continental Porcelain Faience and Enamel in the Irwin Untermyer Collection (London, 1956), pl. 121. Another example is illustrated by Friedrich Hofmann, Geschichte der Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Leipzig, 1923), Vol. II. pl. 10.
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