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In the mid nineteenth century, a number of porcelain manufacturers were trying to develop a middle-class substitute for the white marble portrait busts that decorated the homes of the rich. Parian porcelain, so called after the marble from the Greek island of Paros, was the result. It became a status symbol in its time and is still highly regarded. Parian portrait busts and other depictions of personalities and events provide a mantelpiece history of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. This book relates in a concise form the details of the invention, development and manufacture of Parian and places it in a historical perspective.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780852637371
ISBN-10: 0852637373
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 3mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dennis Barker

Dennis Barker, journalist, author and broadcaster, started studying and collecting Parian ware in the 1960s, when he became interested in portrait busts of writers, most of which were in that plain matt white porcelain. His travels enabled him to assemble a varied and socially enlightening collection, from portrait busts of British Empire builders to Dickens spill holders. He has researched Parian in company records, street markets and museums in the Potteries and in the USA.