Nymphenburg Commedia dell’Arte Pantalone’s Sword
Based on the stock characters that populated the fanciful improvisational theater of 16th century Italy, the Commedia dell’Arte line stands as an icon of Nymphenburg’s collection. Created by Nymphenburg sculptor Franz Anton Bustelli in 1760, the figurines are to this day produced according to his designs. Representing not specific stories but rather classic character types, these elegantly sculpted figurines manage to convey—through only their finely tuned postures and gestures—a wealth of both universal humanity and individual personality. This fanciful series of sculptural fragments isolates the signature prop or key feature of each character, for a unique presentation of the very essence of the Commedia dell’Arte. Ivory bisque porcelain.
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