11 December 2007
A NYMPHENBURG FIGURE OF A COUNTRY MESSENGER (LANDBOTE)
CIRCA 1760, IMPRESSED BAVARIAN SHIELD MARK TO HIS CHEST, IMPRESSED 1 TO UNDERSIDE OF BASE
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, his slightly gaunt face with a moustache, striding across country holding a staff, a rolled up document tied to a satchel slung over his shoulder, wearing a fur-trimmed red cap, a red-lined brown jacket, blue breeches and black shoes, wearing the factory mark as a gilt-edged emblem on his chest, a dog nearby, on a flat mound base edged with sweeping scrolls enriched in gilding (tip of staff lacking, small restored chip to edge of base adjacent to dog, areas of minute wear)
6 11/16 in. (17 cm.) high
Anon., sale Sotheby's London, 7th July 1964, lot 104.
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Another example of this model in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, which has a dog seated on haunches, is illustrated by Friedrich Hofmann, Geschichte der Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Leipzig, 1921), Vol. I, p. 127, fig. 121.
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This figure was embelished in the 20th century with the addition of a hound, made in porcelain by Nymphenburg prior to the 1964 auction.
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