Georgian brass chimney ornament, ‘Madame Vestris’, c. 1827
Large Georgian brass chimney ornament, showing the actress ‘Madame Vestris’ as ‘The Broom Girl’, from ‘The Barbarian Girl’s Song’, c. 1826, set on a marble block, mounted on a wood base.
Condition: signs of age, displays well.
A rather naive depiction of the famous stage act of Lucia Vestris, most probably taken from the attached music illustration, “The Bavarian Girl’s Song – Buy a Broom”, published in various versions from 1826. This brass image is the reverse of one of the variations, bearing the advertising of Mayhew, Old Bond Street, London.
Madam Vestris’s maiden name was Bartolozzi; her grandfather was Francesco Bartolozzi, the Italian migrant artist who became ‘Engraver to the King’ (George III) when he settled in London, 1764-1804. He produced a huge number of engravings, pioneering his own ‘stipple’ technique.