This is an English Minton bisque Parian figure. The date is the 19th century, circa 1864.
The figure is about 9 ¼” high, about 4 ¾” long and about 4” wide.
The Minton figure is shape 421 and is titled Boy Resting on Basket in the book “Minton The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production” by Joan Jones. The figure was made in various ways as 1)Parian, 2)Parian colored and gilt, 3)ivory, 4)blued and 5)with a majolica glaze. You can view a photo of the figure with a majolica glaze in the book “Minton Majolica” by Victoria Cecil on page 52.
The lad is leaning against the lid of an open basket, meant to hold grapes from the recent pickings, and there are grapes and grape leaves at his feet. The inside of the basket is glazed; the rest of the figure is bisque, or unglazed. The outside of the basket is a basket weave form, and probably the function of the figure is to be a match holder, and the basket weave is a striker for the match head.
The piece is marked on the bottom. It has the impressed shape number of 421. It has the impressed name of Minton. Above the name is the date cypher or code for the year 1864. There is another incised mark to the left of the date cypher and one to the right of the date code.
The figure has some dirt and dust accumulation because that is how white Parian ends up as it ages. The upper edge of the interior of the basket and part of the open lid show some yellow brownish staining. There is also a glaze skip inside the basket that shows as a short dark line. The bottom has two age lines on the foot rest, on opposite sides. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
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