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.
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A Minton parian figural group, Naomi and her Daughters in Law, circa 1865, depicting the biblical characters of Naomi, Ruth and Oprah, titled to the front of the base, impressed Minton to base, along with a date mark, 33 cm high
Minton parian ware 'Lalage' figure by John bell in a simple tunic of fine material, seated with her hands clasped over one knee & head gently tilted in a pensive gaze, crisply modelled bouquet is supported at her wrist & at her feet a lizard scampers over
Copeland parian bust of Princess Alexandra modelled quarter-length, wearing low bodice and sash, impressed 'Alexandra', on waisted socle & signed 'Art Union of London, Mary Thornycroft.sc'. Condition good to fair - hairline to left breast. Height 40 cm
Copeland parian bust of Clytie after the antique 1855 original, the maiden depicted bust length issuing from foliage, on a concave sided circular base signed 'C. Delpech. Redt' & 'Art Union of London 1863'. Condition good to fair, some hairline cracks & so
A Minton Parian figurine, 'Miranda', a young woman with flowing hair sits atop a rock with the waves lapping at her feet and a large shell to one side. Impressed marks to the base 'J. Bell & Miranda', with the Minton stamp underneath the base, hairline cra
Three Parian figures, depicting Apollo, Ajax and the Duke of Wellington, 19th century, Apollo after the model by C. Delpech, depicted looking to sinister, published by the Art Union of London 1861, impressed marks Ajax finely modelled, depicted looking to
A Royal Worcester figurine of a Japanese gentleman, circa 1912, amber glazed parian ware, the serene figure of a man in typical oriental dress, leaning on a table with a vase; pattern 2/123 and originally part of a pair (small hairline crack to base); illu
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