Pantaloon, Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present), Hard-paste porcelain, German, Nymphenburg

Pantaloon

Factory:
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present)
Modeler:
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
German, Nymphenburg
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.526
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.
Marking: Impressed on base, on front of scrollwork: [1] Shield; Incised on underside: [2] N or Z
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (before 1955–74; bequeathed to MMA)