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Figure of lady with fan; hard-paste porcelain; moulded; glazed white porcelain; hollow; shaped base with circular hole fixed to centre; the lady, her head turned to right, wears a hooped skirt decorated with applied ribbons and elaborate cuffs, and a neck ornament and holds a fan in her right hand so that it touches her right temple; impressed marks, incised signature.
- Production date
- 1755 (circa)
Height: 15.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A coloured version of this figure in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, is illustrated by George W. Ware, 'German and Austrian Porcelain', Frankfurt, nd (? 1953), fig. 88, and also C. H. Beck, ‘Franz Anton Bustelli, Nymphenburger Porzellanfiguren des Rokoko das Gesamtwerk’, Exhibition Catalog, Bayerischen Nationalmuseum, Munich, 24 November 2004 - 13 March 2005, Munich, 2004, p. 408, no. 12.
The model ('Dame im Strick-Rock') was created by Franz Anton Bustelli around 1755, when the Nymphenburg factory was based in Neudeck. The model was recorded in the mould directory ('Formenverzeichnis') in 1760 as '1 stehende Dam im Strick-Rock' (one standing lady in a dress with hoop skirt and ruching).
In the past, there has been some doubt about the author of this model, formerly attributed to Thaddäus Anton Härtl, when it was published by Honey in 1957 as 'perhaps . . . by J. P. R. Härtl,' although Dr. Hofmann, in a letter of 1926 kept on file at the British Museum, states that Thaddäus Anton Härtl was a repairer rather than a modeller. This figure lacks the quality of elegant movement normally found in Bustelli's later work, but the modelling is not dissimilar to a 'minuet group' shown in F. Hofmann, 'Das Europäische Porzellan des Bayer. Nationalmuseums', Munich, 1908, Tafel 20, no. 505. It has also previously been thought to have been based on a lady with a fan modelled by Kändler with a pendant male figure leaning against a pedestal, but these models are too late. The figure of the lady is also thought to have been based on an engraving by J. E. Nilson of Augsburg entitled 'Le Jardin Magnifique. Das edle Gartenwerk' an example of which is the Rijksmuseum (RP-P-1964-2948); Bustelli had a large collection of prints in his possession at the time of his death.
The Nymphenburg factory also made the pendant, and a pair decorated in enamel colours are shown in F. H. Hofmann, op. cit., Tafel 20, nos. 506, 507, and C. H. Beck, ‘Franz Anton Bustelli, Nymphenburger Porzellanfiguren des Rokoko das Gesamtwerk’, Exhibition Catalog, Bayerischen Nationalmuseum, Munich, 24 November 2004 - 13 March 2005, Munich, 2004, p. 114, nos. 9 & 10. These figures were in the Bavarian Royal Collection. A coloured example was sold at Christie's, 17 October 1977, lot 211 (illus. in colour).
The pair has been in production during this century and is shown in an enamelled version as part of the 'Society Figures' series, nos. 10 and 7 in a leaflet (undated) issued by the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Nymphenburg.
- Not on display
- Fan broken, base of skirt at left broken, firecracks.
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- Acquisition notes
- Presented by the Viscount Dillon, F.S.A., in memory of his son.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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