Every properly furnished Victorian parlor contained at least one piece of it. It’s been said that Parian had the same effect on statuary as the invention of the print to painting. It was less expensive than bronze, more durable than plaster, was a way new wealthy middle classes could buy artistic pottery and porcelain of the time, and show their gentility by owning reproductions of great classical statues.
By the late 19th century, Parian pieces were becoming less well made, which was the beginning of the end for the popularity of Parian ware. Pieces are still highly collected, and this charming fellow is a perfect examply of why. He is so well made, each lock of hair beautifully visible, each little finger and toe charmingly made.
The most desirable pieces are those of ladies, classical gods, animals and children. We just fell in love with this little scribe, maybe he’s writing a love letter? Or wondering what happened to the popularity of statues in home decor? What do you think? Do you own a statue or bust that you just love?
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