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One of the most important German porcelain factories, Nymphenburg was founded in 1747 near Munich, under the patronage of the Elector of Bavaria. Within ten years an exceptionally fine, white body was produced and many pieces show this to full advantage. The most outstanding creations are a series of Rococo-style figures modelled by F. A. Bustelli, who was chief modeller at the factory 1754–63. Many of the figures were taken from the Commedia dell'Arte and show great liveliness and originality. Later products show the influence of Meissen or Sèvres and by the mid-19th century, when state support for the factory ended, only utilitarian wares were made. A revival was experienced during the Art Nouveau period. The factory is still in existence today.

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/porg/ho_1974.356.524,.525.htm Description and illustration of pair of figures by Bustelli on Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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