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A number of related hunting groups were produced by Nymphenburg, and have varyingly been attributed to Dominikus Auliczek and Bustelli. The very high quality and dynamic nature suggests this was modelled by Bustelli.
The extremely sharp detailing with extensive hand modelling of hair as well as the smoothness of the paste suggests an early example nearer to 1760.
Two closely related, but rather more stiffly-modelled groups, in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum are illustrated in Bustelli: Nymphenburger Porzellanfiguren des Rokoko. One is attributed to Bustelli and one to Bustelli or Dominikus Auliczek.
The mastiffs in this model have sometimes been described, in the literature, as panthers.
We are grateful to Alfred Ziffer for his views on the attribution of this model.
Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 21.7 cm
Nymphenburger Porzellan Die Sammlung Bauml by Alfred Ziffer, p. 71
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