A good glazed Parian figure of L’Allegro by Worcester, c. 1865, named on the front and with the impressed mark and crown of Royal Worcester underneath.
L’Allegro is the subject of a poem by Milton and personifies the active life. Although L’Allegro is the masculine form of the Italian word, the figure is of a stately woman crowned with flowers and holding a garland. The figure is glazed in green and white. Worcester produced many glazed Parian pieces as well as unglazed. This figure is a companion piece to Penseroso who personifies the contemplative life.
The figure is illustrated in The Parian Phenomenon, page 211 fig 693, with Penseroso (the captions are in the wrong order).
Height 34cm (c. 13½“)
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