Lot 29Associated Pair of Nymphenburg White Porcelain Busts of Laughing Children (Kinderbust)
Circa 1761, modeler Franz Anton Bustelli
The boy with his hair tied at the nape of his neck with a bow, wearing a loose ruffled shirt and jacket; his female companion with a ribbon and tulip bud in her hair, wearing a frilled collar and white lace corsage, each on a pierced waisted quatrefoil rocaille-molded socle base.
Height 10 inches and 10 7/8 inches, respectively.
The Wetmore Estate, Newport, RI.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, 16-18 September 1969, lot 807.
See C.H. Beck, Franz Anton Bustelli, Nymphenburger Porzellanfiguren des Rokoko das Gesamtwerk, Exhibition Catalogue, Bayerischen Nationalmuseum, Munich, 24 November 2004 - 13 March 2005, pp. 334-335, nos. 186 and 188 (enameled examples) and nos. 185 and 187 (white examples). An example of the boy in the white is in the Bäuml Collection, see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan, Sammlung Bäuml, Stuttgart, 1997, p. 9; and from Sheafer Collection at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession no. 1974.356.515. An enameled bust of the girl is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, no. C.30-1933. For a similar white pair, see Christie's, London, 3 June 2014, lot 30.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
Sold for $6,300
Multiple hairline cracks to both, small losses to her ribbons and petals, the male bust lightly discolored.
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