8 December 2003
A Nymphenburg figure of a putto in disguise as Mars
Circa 1755-60, incised 8
Modelled by F.A. Bustelli, in an agressive pose with his sword drawn and holding a circular shield, looking to his his left wearing a brightly plumed blue helmet with a gilt visor, his blue breastplate with a gilt panel moulded with a fleur-de-lys, wearing high black boots and a brown-striped yellow sash loosely wrapped about his waist and falling to the ground, a scabbard suspended at his left hip, on a shaped flat mound base strewn with silvered cannon balls about his feet, incised and applied with tufts of grass and edged with sweeping gilt scrolls (broken through below knees and restored, shield restuck, sword blade and scabbard a replacement, small chip to edge of base and inside edge of shield)
4 in. (10.3 cm.) high
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, inv. M.N. n. 511.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Alfred Ziffer, 1991, p. 45, no. 18.
Examples of this figure with polychrome decoration from Bustelli's lifetime are rare.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750
Textile designer Neisha Crosland on why she was drawn to a Raoul Dufy advertisement for a Bianchini Férier fabric