I’ve longed referred to these female busts as “Jenny Lind” due to the prevalance of this belief in the marketlplace. People know which arms you are referring to when you describe them as Jenny Lind carvings. It has never sat well in my stomach to be completely true and I’ve always wanted to know who this woman really was meant to depict.
I’ve come across some information that may solve this mystery for me once and for all. One of you may debunk my theory in the end, but that is a good thing. Let’s get this settled once and for all time.
I occasionally run contests here on Rare Victorian and I’m going to use this occasion to give away a copy of the book, “19th-Century America: Furniture and Other Decorative Arts” . It’s release commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Here’s how the contest will work. Put your guess in the comments section as to who this carving is intended to depict and if it matches my theory (and I don’t get major dissension on said theory), that person wins the book.
I will share what I found in the coming days.