Charles and Nell Vyse operated a ceramics studio on Cheyne Walk, near the Thames River in Chelsea, for many years. They were engaged in research to rediscover the secrets of the ancient Chinese glazes, and were notably successful with some of them, but they also sculpted a line of very popular figures in pottery. This one is titled The Tulip Woman and it was introduced in 1922, one of around 100 examples that were made. She represents one of the street vendors of the day, a mother selling flowers as she carries her young child around in her arm. Charles created the molds and made the basic figure, then Nell did the painting and the modeling of the flowers. The Tulip Woman stands nine and three-quarters inches tall and displays wonderfully, with tiny invisible repairs to five tulip petals. The Cheyne Walk studio was damaged during an air raid in WWII and closed at that time.

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Charles Vyse Figure Tulip Woman 1923


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