is a type of biscuit porcelain imitating marble.
Minton produced some of the finest examples of Parian ware
, a marble-like unglazed porcelain body developed during the 1840s and used most successfully for sculptural pieces.
There is a stillness about this scene, a protracted-moment-in-time character that Smith likens to the effect of figurines in Parian ware
or pure white Sevres porcelain.
Less expensive than bronze and more durable than plaster, soon just about every pottery company in the country was producing Parian ware
For an obscure Irish sculptor, William Bryton Kirk (1824-1900), who from 1848 modelled at Worcester for parian ware
, 41 works are listed, of which 40 are untraced but known by having been exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy.
The white, unglazed Parian ware
figures, by Copeland, were extremely popular as prizes.
The name derives f om the Greek island of Paros, which is famed for its marble, Parian ware
being thought to resemble the beauty of that stone.
The Chinese inspiration for lithophanes can be seen in a small mould-made Parian ware
cup produced in China circa 1800.
Parian brought classical sculpture within the reach of the middle classes with their newfound wealth of the Industrial Revolution, and soon just about every pottery company in the country was producing Parian ware
The exhibition also includes a set of bookends in the shapes of the famous winged bull and winged lion, made by Copeland after 1868 in 'Parian ware
' (a glistening white porcelain that looked like marble) and a set of jugs by Ridgway & Abington, brightly coloured in green, pink and yellow, decorated with the same winged bulls and lions, with serpent handles.
IT might possibly give you the creeps, and you might think you are in Shiverpool, but the examples of the art of modelling in the translucent self-glazing white clay known as Parian Ware
is still extremely sought after by collectors.
The Parian wares
were claimed by Minton to be the equal of Parian marble and there is some truth in that statement since that is what they resemble.