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Donna Martina

Factory:
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present)
Modeler:
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
German, Neudeck-Nymphenburg
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.521
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
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.
Inscription: Sticker on underside of base: SL.4341.10/S. Kramarsky

Marking: [1] Shield (impressed on top of base, traces of blue and gilding)
[2] 2 (incised on underside)
Mr. and Mrs. Siegfried Kramarsky ; [ Rosenberg and Stiebel, Inc. , New York, until November 1959; sold to Sheafer ] ; Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (1959–74; bequeathed to MMA)
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