Pierrot and Lucinda


Pierrot with Lantern and Lucinda: Bustelli’s Lucinda turns to face her lover Pierrot and holds a rose close to her heart, which presumably he has given her. With her right hand, she points in the direction that she wishes to go. In contrast, Pierrot gestures in the opposite direction and holds a small lantern to light the way. While the couple gaze lovingly at one another, their conflicting gestures suggest the implied rendezvous will never take place.

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

Listed in Nymphenburg Moderne, Minerva edition numbers 54 and 69.

Impressed shield underneath base, impressed number 54/0 and 69/0

Each figure stands around 20 cm tall.

Condition: 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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