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Lalage

Factory:
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present)
Modeler:
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date:
ca. 1763–67
Culture:
German, Nymphenburg
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1943
Accession Number:
43.100.56
Not on view
Bustelli treated his figures like actors performing to the music of Purcell or Mozart. He knew how to make porcelain the ideal vehicle for the creation of small sculptures, and how to impersonate in his charades the lighthearted charm that is the essence of rococo art.
Marking: Impressed on top of base: [1] Shield (Nymphenburg factory mark)


Painted in underglaze blue enamel on side of base: [2] C with tail, 2, M, 1, A, 3 in horizontal row

Impressed near proper right foot: [3] 2

Incised on underside of base: [4] oval
[ Paul Drey , New York, 1941; sold for $1,500 to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (1941–43; to MMA)
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