Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Captain Spavento

Factory:
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present)
Modeler:
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date:
ca. 1760, decoration 19th–20th century
Culture:
German, Nymphenburg
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.196
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.
Inscription: Traces of an illegible inscription on the underside.

Marking: Impressed underglaze on pedestal support: [1] Shield; Painted in underglaze blue enamel on edge of base: [2] 6 alchemical symbols in underglaze blue; Incised on unglazed underside of base: [3] annulet O
Otto and Magdalena Blohm ; Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
Related Objects

Coffeepot

Artist: Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present) Date: ca. 1760–70 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 43.100.55a, b On view in:Not on view

Chinese horseman

Artist: Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present) Date: ca. 1765–70 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 43.100.59 On view in:Not on view

Europe (part of a set)

Artist: Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present) Date: 1763–67 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 59.208.18 On view in:Not on view

Asia (part of a set)

Artist: Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present) Date: 1763–67 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 59.208.19 On view in:Not on view

Africa (part of a set)

Artist: Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (German, 1747–present) Date: 1763–67 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 59.208.20 On view in:Not on view