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Isabella

Factory:
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present)
Modeler:
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date:
ca. 1758
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:
1974.356.527
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: Printed circular sticker on underside of base: COLLECTION S. ALBERGE, LA HAYE/15697/396; Written in ink on underside of base: N. 99

Marking: Impressed on top of base at front: [1] Shield; Incised on underside: [2] 2
[ Art market , Europe, about 1955; sold to Sheafer ] ; Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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