Copeland Parian Ware: Burns and Highland Mary: thistle detail
Copeland, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, large Parian Ware group of “Burns and Highland Mary” Impressed Copeland to base indicating post 1847 production. “Parian” is the name used for a form of porcelain developed in England in the early 1840s and used extensively throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. The porcelain has a resemblance to marble and was most commonly undecorated allowing the attractive tone of the porcelain and the fine modelling to be appreciated.
This group, showing the Scottish poet Robert Burns with his beloved Mary Campbell, is modelled from a painting by Thomas Faed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. It was first produced in 1851 and shown at the Dublin Exhibition in 1853. At the exhibition Queen Victoria purchased some Parian porcelain pieces including one of this group. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic collectors of Parian wares. 49 cm tall