The Broom Lady

 

Stock No: 001486

 

Height:  5.75 Inches / 15 cm

 

Reference: Myrna Schkolne Staffordshire Figures 1780-1840, Volume 2, Page 63, Fig 50.4

 

Price: £495.00

 

A standing figure of Madame Vestris as a ‘Broom Girl’, standing on a square gilt lined base, wearing a bonnet and calf-length frock, Bavarian style. Her  left hand is raised to her waist as if holding a broom (a hole is fashioned in her hand to take the prop), in her right hand she holds a small brush. Lucia Elizabeth Vestris adopted her stage name Madame Vestris in 1826. Her rendition of the song ‘Buy a Broom’ was so popular it inspired the Staffordshire potters to commemorate her role in ceramic. This example is dated to c1835-40 and is made from a porcelaneous body, it is in remarkable condition with no damage, repairs, or restoration.