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Shepherdess (Little Bo Peep)

 

Stock No: 001975

 

Height: 7.75 Inches / 19.5 cm

 

Reference: Myrna Schkolne Staffordshire Figures 1780 to 1840 Vol 1, Page 210, Fig 27.135

 

A delightful and very rare lead-glazed earthenware figure with overglaze enamel decoration of a shepherdess. She stands before a tree stump on an oval shaped base decorated in green overglaze enamel with applied grass tufts and yellow flowers, she rests a full basket of flowers on her left arm while holding a posy of flowers, in her right hand she holds a shepherds crook, a standing lamb to her side. Wearing a wide brimmed hat, long sleeved full length dress, stockings, and shoes, this figure exudes wonderful charm and reminds me of ‘Little Bo Peep’ from the old nursery rhyme first printed in 1805. This example has been professionally repaired at the waist, the right hand, crook top, and hat brim have been restored which are invisible. Made in Staffordshire, England c1815.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And doesn’t know where to find them; Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,Wagging their tails behind them.