An imposing English Parian unglazed Porcelain Standing Figure of Perseus firmly attributed to Minton and modelled by Victor Simyan, who was a French sculptor who settled in England in circa 1860. He designed several figures for Minton. Third quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
This stunning example shows Perseus (who was the Son of Zeus and Danae, the daughter of Arcrisius of Argos) triumphantly standing in full armour, looking to the right and holding a sword on both hands as he leans beside a distressed column with an oval shield and torch beside on a plain circular base
Condition: Good condition with no restoration to porcelain, no signature visible, tiny loss to the tip of torch, the bird is missing part of one wing, see images.
This piece is unmarked but is firmly attributed to Mintons.
Height: (entire as shown on main image, an impressive) 17" (43cm). Width: (at base) 8.5” (21.5cm). Depth: (at base) 8.5” (21.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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A type of white porcelain with a slightly granular surface resembling the pure white, highly prized marble used for sculpture from the Greek island of Paros. It was used mainly for busts and figures produced by casting and was first invented and made in England in the 1840s by the Staffordshire pottery manufacturer Mintons.