Parian is a white unglazed statuary porcelain resembling marble, named after the Greek Island of Paros, which produces a very fine white marble. The Copeland & Garrett factory at Stoke-on-Trent is credited with the introduction of parian ware to Britain. Production of parian ware figures at Copeland commenced about 1841, and some of the figures were based on works by sculptors John Bell, and American Hiram Powers. Sales of parian figures were boosted by special orders from the Art Union of London commencing in 1844, where subscribers paid an annual fee, and in return participated in a ballot to receive a copy of an art work. The increased populatiry of parian ware encouraged other factories to begin production of statuary figures, with Minton and Robinson & Leadbetter being the major producers along with Copeland.
A parian ware bust of King Edward VII, inscribed to back of figure 'Published by Bro's J.S. Crapper, P.H. P.P.G.A.D.C., Bros C Marsh P.M. P. -p. S CN Staffordshire 35, designs office, April 16 1875, Registered, Ht. 53 cm
Parian ware pair of busts modelled as two classical ladies, scantily clad mounted on scrolled pedestal bases. Condition good to fair, some losses to one floral headdress & a chip to one pedestal. Height 47 cm
Three Parian ware busts, 19th century, a pair of Copeland busts, one of the poet, John Milton, after the model by Matthew Noble, one of William Shakespeare, after Raphaelle Monti, both with Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art Union impressed marks, 36 cm high,
A parian ware figure of a Gamekeeper 19th century. The figure of a young man seated upon a rocky pile, his devoted hunting dog at his side and dead game upon a stick over his shoulder; unmarked. Height 47.5 cm
Victorian parian 'Bacchus & Ariadne' figure group draped in robes & a goat skin pelt on a raised platform base. Condition good to fair, all over good condition, small losses to the Crown & robe. Height 47 cm
A pair of Victorian Copeland parian figurines, Evangeline and Marguerite, both figures modelled with their heads downcast, Evangeline holding a water pitcher and Marguerite a prayer book, on titled round bases, impressed marks to reverse for S. Terry and C
A Victorian parian figurine, 'Thalia', a Greek maiden holding a comedy mask, on circular base with impressed name plaque, impressed marks to reverse for Brown-Westhead & Moore, and Beattie for William Beattie. Small nibbles to base. Height 40 cm
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