Donna Martina

German
1754
Made at Nymphenburg Manufactory (Germany), Designed by Franz Anton Bustelli (1723–1763)


Object Place: Germany

Dimensions

Overall: 20.3 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm (8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.1731

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Figure of Donna Martina from the Italian comedy. Plain white figure of a woman holding a wine bottle in left arm, picking up her skirt with right hand, looking over her shoulder. Extensive repairs to lower portion of dress and base.


Bustelli is most famous for the sixteen figures from the commedia dell’ arte which he modeled at Nymphenburg about 1759. The commedia dell’ arte, a form of improvisational theater popular throughout eighteenth-century Europe, featured stock characters, such as Donna Martina, wife of the self-important Doctor.

Markings

No mark

Provenance

By 1965, Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1906 - d. 1997), New York; 1965, gift of Edward M. Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger