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Bust of a young girl; hard-paste porcelain; moulded; hollow, flat unglazed base with circular hole about 1in. in diameter; purple hairband and throat ribbon; wears rose and tulip in hair; flesh-toned face, blue and gold rococo scrolls around truncation and a ladybird painted in colours; unmarked.
- Production date
- 1761-1765 (circa)
Height: 24.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Pair with 1948,1203.70
The large bust of the youg girl (‘Große Mädchenbüste’) and large bust of the young boy (‘Große Knabenbüste’), were modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, about 1761.
The sitters represented by these busts of children have not been identified, although Bustelli also modelled a portrait of Reichsgrafen Sigmund von Haimhausen at the same period. These rare Nymphenburg busts were also sold undecorated. A white pair entered the collection of Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich in 1898 (see R. Rückert, 'Franz Anton Bustelli', Munich, 1963, fig. 46; and C.H. Beck, ‘Franz Anton Bustelli, Nymphenburger Porzellanfiguren des Rokoko das Gesamtwerk’, Exhibition Catalogue, Bayerischen Nationalmuseum, Munich, 24 November 2004 - 13 March 2005, Munich, 2004, pp. 334-335, nos. 185 and 187 (undecorated, c. 1765), and for another pair acquired in 1979, see nos. 186 and 188 (enamelled examples, c. 1775). A coloured bust of the girl is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. C.30-1933.
The Nymphenburg busts are far more rococo in style than their Kändler forebears, busts of the children of the Dauphin of France, examples of which can be found in the British Museum Collection (1923,0314.56.CR and 1923,0314.57.CR).
The model has been in production during this century and is shown in a white glazed version, nos. 928, 929 in a leaflet (undated) issued by the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Nymphenburg and another example of the boy in the white is in the Bäuml Collection, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Stuttgart, 1997, p. 9. See Christie's, London, 3 June 2014, Lot 30, for an undecorated pair in the white, circa 1761-65.
The busts were reproduced in the mid-19th century, possible at Edmé Samson, in Paris or elsewhere in France or Germany. A pair in the white, which have been in the Victoria and Albert Museum since 1858 (illus. W. Chaffers, 'The Keramic Gallery', London, 1872, Vol. II, pl. CXV; acc. nos. 4616-1858 and 4617-1858), have been incorrectly identified as later production, ca. 1850. For a discussion with illustrations of these later busts see Beck, ‘Bustelli’, 84-85.uring this century and is shown in a white glazed version, nos. 928, 929 in a leaflet (undated) issued by the Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Nymphenburg and another example of the boy in the white is in the Bäuml Collection, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Stuttgart, 1997, p. 9. An enamelled bust of the girl is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, no. C.30-1933.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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