Il Capitano Spavento and Leda


Il Capitano Spavento and Leda : Spavento holds his hat against the wind, his dagger in his hand ready to protect his love Leda, who, dressed in all her finery desists his attentions.

The pair of porcelain figurines are beautifully hand sculpted from an ivory porcelain, weighty as all early 18th/19th century figures were.

Listed in Nymphenburg Moderne, Minerva edition numbers 272 and 85.

Impressed shield underneath base, impressed number 272/3 and 85/10

Each figure stands around 20 cm tall.

Condition: Dagger is missing which is not unusual for this figure, otherwise EXCELLENT condition. Cleaned and checked under UV light.

Provenance – The full set of 16 figures have long been part of a large collection of porcelain from an old family estate here in Gloucestershire, England.

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The young sculptor Franz Anton Bustelli, 1754-63 at Nymphenburg, created the sixteen ladies and gentlemen of the group Commedia dell’arte. (Commedia dell’arte was an early form of professional theatre originating from Italy and popular in Europe during the 16th/17th century). One of the novel aspects of Bustelli’s sixteen figures is that they were conceived as eight pairs. Linking the characters as they were customarily paired on the stage, Bustelli modelled the figures of each couple so that their poses and gestures reflected a specific interaction between them, with each couple communicating through gesture.

These are considered one of the most important works of the German Rococo period and made the Nymphenburg factory world famous.


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