Franz Anton Bustelli

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Inscription on the Winthirkirche

Franz Anton Bustelli (born April 11, 1723 in Locarno , Switzerland ; † April 18, 1763 in Nymphenburg ) was a sculptor and modeler of porcelain figures . He is considered to be the most important Rococo porcelain artist alongside Johann Joachim KÄNDER , who worked for Meissen .


Francesco Antonio Bustelli was born as the son of Francesco Giuseppe from Locarno and Maria Elisabetta Chiara from Muralto and was baptized at the collegiate church of Sant'Antonio from Locarno. Afterwards he seems to have grown up in Bavaria . He wrote in German using the German script. From November 3, 1754 until his death in 1763, he worked at the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory , which was housed in the Neudeck Castle in Munich's Au until 1761. He created around 150 figures on the subjects of piety, chinoiserie, gallantry, the Ovidian heaven of gods and folk life. His most famous work are the 16 characters of the Commedia dell'arte (look at the Porcelain Museum in Schloss Nymphenburg ). Typical of Bustelli's works are the flat, simple rocaille bases and the elongated limbs of the figures, which - in contrast to the works of Kändler - make them appear particularly light and graceful.

Gallery: works


  • Lothar Altmann: The figures of FA Bustelli. Nymphenburg porcelain. scaneg, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-89235-800-1 ( Scanegs kleine Kultur-Splitter 2).
  • Siegfried Ducret: Franz Anton Bustelli. In: Weltkunst . July 1, 1963, pp. 15-17.
  • Carl Graepler: A Contribution to Bustelli Research. In: Ceramic Friends of Switzerland. Bulletin 33, 1955, ISSN  0023-0553 , pages 16-19.
  • Friedrich H. Hofmann: Frankenthal porcelain. Bruckmann, Munich 1911 (reprint: Scherer, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-89433-014-7 ( Edition Arkanum )).
  • Friedrich H. Hofmann: History of the Bavarian Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg. 3 volumes. Hiersemann, Leipzig 1921–1923 (reprint: Scherer, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-89433-009-0 ( Edition Arkanum )).
  • Friedrich H. Hofmann: The porcelain of the European manufactories in the 18th century. A history of art and culture. Propylaea Publishing House, Berlin 1932.
  • Julius Matusz in: Trödler & Collector Journal. August 2004, ISSN  1618-5242 , pp. 42-48 (with 13 colored illustrations).
  • Günther von Pechmann (Ed.): Franz Anton Bustelli. The Italian comedy in china. Mann, Berlin 1947 ( Der Kunstbrief 39), (also: Reclam, Stuttgart 1959 ( work monographs on fine arts 37; Universal Library 9037)).
  • Arno Schönberger: Nymphenburg Porcelain. Prestel, Munich 1949 ( picture booklets of the Bavarian National Museum Munich 4).
  • Arno Schönberger:  Bustelli, Francesco Antonio. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 3, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1957, ISBN 3-428-00184-2 , p. 77 ( digitized version ).
  • Hannelore Stefani: The fragile dreams of Franz A. Bustelli. Novel. Books on Demand, Norderstedt 2009, ISBN 978-3-8391-3525-9 .
  • Rosel Termolen: Nymphenburg Porcelain. 2nd Edition. Rosenheimer, Rosenheim 1992, ISBN 3-475-52504-6 ( Rosenheim rarities ).
  • Hans Thoma: Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg. 1747-1947. = Two hundred years of Nymphenburg. Bruckmann, Munich 1947.

Web links

Commons : Franz Anton Bustelli  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Anno Domini 1723 die vero decima secunda mensis aprilis, in Ecclesia Divi Antonii oppidi Locarni, Ego Presbiter Fabius Varena Canonicus Decanus Ecclesiae insignis callegiatae S.ti Victoris, oppidi sud.ti baptizavi infantem heri natum ex Francisco Joseph f. Baldassaris et Franciscae Bustelli de Locarno et Mariae Elisabeth fdm Caroli Antonij Chiara de Muralto huius paroeciae coniugibus; cui impositum est nomen Franciscus Antonius. Patrini fuerunt Carolus Antonius f. praedicti Francisci Bustelli et Joanna Maria filia supr.ti Caroli Antonij Chiara de Muralto et uxor Balthassar Tuschine de Muralto.