Derby theatrical figure of Madame Vestris as ‘The Broom Girl’, c. 1820
Derby porcelain theatrical figure of Madame Vestris as ‘The Broom Girl’, shown dressed in a knee-length dress so she can perform, the deep blue glaze with fine gilt flower details, standing on a circular plinth pierced with gilt rococo scrollwork.
Red crown & baton mark,
16 cm high
Madame Vestris was the super-star of the stage in the earlier 19th century in London. This depicts her as the ‘Broom Girl’, an act which involved her juggling several brooms while singing bawdy songs – and this figure has the fascinating feature of a loop of porcelain protruding from her back to hold one of the brooms, while another would be in her hand.