This is a much rarer antique Staffordshire spill vase figure which dates to the late 19th century.
It is entitled the Gypsy Fortune Teller.
It is a strange and much harder to find Staffordshire figurine. It takes the form of a spill vase and it would have originally have been placed on a mantlepiece and the hollow pink aperture in the tree trunk would have been full of long tapers or spills and you would have taken a light from the fire to light your candles or lamps.
This model features a young girl encountering a fortune teller beside a tree in a woodland or at a village fair. She holds out her hand and is having her palm or fortune read. The young girl might have been asking about finding a suitor or husband - as she looks wistfully into the distance in a reverie. Fortune tellers are often depicted wearing long hooded cloaks - often a red colour.
This model is in good antique condition with no damages - the wrist of the young lady is whole (this arm often has a crack or break) and there are little bits of bocage on the tree trunk. The colours are restricted in this model - as you might often find towards the end of the 19th century. The only colours are the greens and browns on the trunk and grassy bank; the hands and arms of the couple and some details picked out in gold on the costumes.
The model is probably based on the theatrical portrait, "Mrs Kelly and the Fortune Teller", c 1880. Similar Figures recorded in A&N Harding's "Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875" p313, Fig 1147
A fine larger piece- being some 12 inches in height.
It is being sold as a genuine Antique Staffordshire figurine. It is not a reproduction.