his is a gorgeous and rare example of a white bisque porcelain Saluki dog by the famous Sevres, France porcelain company. It is also sometimes referred to as white biscuit or parian which resembles marble. The statue is signed with an “S” inside a triangle and 1908 and the letters JR outside the triangle which I assume is the artist. It measures 9 inches tall with base dimensions 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches. The dog is beautifully modeled and animated with amazing fur, muscle detailing and a buckle collar. It is in nice condition with just a very tiny stress hairline at base of an ear and inside one leg done in the making. I also believe the tip of the left ear is missing and I only noticed it when taking the photos. It is not real noticeable and very smooth no sharp edges or color differences. Please look at photos and see what you think. Salukis are in the sighthound category of dogs and primarily hunt by sight and speed, rather than by scent and endurance and have been in existence for at least 5,000 years. Here is some additional information on the porcelain company: The Sèvres porcelain factory was originally founded at Chateau de Vincennes, France in 1738. Its soft-paste porcelain was prized for its characteristic whiteness and purity. By the time this workshop relocated to Sèvres in 1756, its craftsmen were creating small porcelain birds, figurals of children in white or delicate hues, and innovative pieces with characteristic rosy-hued backgrounds. The introduction of unglazed, natural-toned “biscuit” porcelain, a favourite of Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, followed. Many of these molded sculptures portray life-like sentimental or Classical scenes.
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