Octavio and Isabella


Octavio and Isabella : the elegant Octavio is whispering sweet nothings to his love the beautiful Isabella, who is visibly torn as to whether she should give in to the gallant’s courtship

The pair of 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 55 and 6.

Impressed shield underneath base, impressed number 55/0 and 6a/0

Each figure stands around 20 cm tall.

Condition: Superb examples of 19th century figurine, Isabella is missing the tip of her thumb, 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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