Commemorative porcelain jug moulded with Van Amburgh and his menagerie, circa 1839

Isaac A. Van Amburgh was an American animal trainer who developed the first trained wild animal act in modern times. By introducing jungle acts into the circus, Van Amburgh paved the way for combining menageries with circuses. After that, menageries began using equestrian and clown performances in circus rings. He took London by storm in 1838-9 with his daring performances at venues such as the Drury Lane Theatre and Astley’s Amphitheatre. Queen Victoria greatly admired his shows.

Height: 6″

Condition: Good

Antique porcelain historical English ceramic 19th century

£165

US$220