Amazon Taming a Horse

Amazon Taming a Horse, c.1843
Minton. After Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-1852)
Ceramic, porcelain

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Amazon Taming a Horse

Parian ware was a type of unglazed porcelain with a smooth, slightly glossy surface ideal for replicating famous sculptures. Its tradename recalled the fine white marble quarried on the Greek island of Paros. Cast in moulds, figures could be mass-produced reducing costs and making them affordable for the middle-class buyer. Found on many Victorian mantelpieces, they were dubbed ‘the statues of the people’.

Two Staffordshire manufacturers, Copeland and Minton, both claimed to have developed this new material around 1845. At the peak of production some 80 manufacturers issued Parian wares. Between 1846 and 1910, Minton produced over 500 different models including portrait busts, replicas of well-known artworks, and newly commissioned pieces.

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