Victorian Parian Figure of a Begger
In The 18th and 19th century every house had a fireplace, and therefore a mantlepiece, and in the grander houses, several mantlepieces. These would be decorated with all manner of things from clocks, candlesticks, photograph frames and pottery and brass ornaments.
Parian ware is a type of porcelain immitating marble. It was developed in 1845 by Staffordshire pottery manufactureres, Mintons. It is named after Paros, a greek island famed for its use of fine-textured Parian marble. These busts would have had pride of place on the mantlepiece or shelves of a wealthier household.
Parian figure of a old begger with walking staff and wearing a cloak.
In good condition with damage to fingers on left hand, shown in photos.
Dimensions: 20cm high. 15cm x 11cm