The marble-like beauty of Parian Ware captivated Victorians. It allowed the middle classes to possess articles of high art. And by the end of the 19th Century, every properly furnished Victorian parlor contained at least one piece of it. Victorians welcomed Parian’s inexpensive, small-scale copies of busts of literary and political figures, as well as its decorative vases, boxes and pitchers. It has been said that Parian had the same effect on statuary as the invention of the print to painting. Less expensive than bronze and more durable than plaster, Parian was a development of earlier biscuit porcelain. It is undecided who the inventor of Parian actually was, Copeland or Minton, in the early 1840's.
This wonderful statue, circa 1850-1860, is "Rebecca At The Well". The attention to detail gives the impression of a fine, hand-carved, marble sculpture. She is standing next to a well and resting her left arm on a tall water jug/vase. Her flowing clothes, hair style and facial features are great. The statue measures 13' in height and is unmarked as to the maker. It is undoubtedly one of the famous manufacturers of the day, Copeland, Minton, Worcester, Wedgwood, Goss or others. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Super Parian-Ware statuary piece.
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