A STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE MODEL OF POLITO'S MENAGERIE
A STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE MODEL OF POLITO'S MENAGERIE

CIRCA 1820, ATTRIBUTED TO OBADIAH SHERATT

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A STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE MODEL OF POLITO'S MENAGERIE
CIRCA 1820, ATTRIBUTED TO OBADIAH SHERATT
Modeled with assorted performers and musicians in front of the fantastic marquee molded with animals, inscribed POLITOS MENAGERIE OF THE WONDERFUL BIRDS AND BEASTS FROM MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD, on a footed rectangular base
12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high

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Polito's Menagerie is credited as Sherratt's masterpiece and can be dated as early as 1808. On this date, The Menagerie visited Wolverhampton, approximately 30 miles from Burslem. Mrs. Polito is said to be the lady with the muff at the entrance. As proprietress, she kept a close eye on all who entered. Both she and her husband died in 1814. The Menagerie continued sometime thereafter. Circus authorities record that the troupe was lost at sea in 1836. It is speculated that Sherratt either saw the show directly or worked from circus poster drawings of the day.

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