Staffordshire Theatrical figure of Falstaff & friend, from ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’, c. 1860

$265.00 AUD

Staffordshire figure of Falstaff & friend, from the Shakespeare play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, seated on the ground before a tree trunk that acts as a spill vase, each with a drink in their hands.

Circa 1860

15 cm

Tradition has it that Shakespeare wrote ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ after Elizabeth I asked for a play showing the character Falstaff in love, after seeing him in ‘Henry IV’. It was adapted to an opera as well as a play, and this figure could represent either – although it would be unusual for an opera performer to be seated!

ref. Harding vol1 p292 fig 1065 for a slightly different spill version.

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