Captain Spavento

Manufactory Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory German
Modeler Franz Anton Bustelli Swiss

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

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.

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

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