A charming Parian group of the Mother and First-Born by Minton sculpted by Carrier-Belleuse. Date code for 1865. The figure shows the mother leaning tenderly over the sleeping baby to cover it with a blanket.
Carrier- Belleuse was one of several French sculptors who made original designs especially for the Parian manufacturers rather than copying marble or bronze originals. Carrier worked in England in the early to mid 1850s, creating an impressive range of figures, before returning to France to a glittering career in 1857. Rodin was one of his assistants. For more information see The Parian Phenomenon, chapter: “French Modellers in the Potteries”.
This group is illustrated on page 74 of The Parian Phenomenon, fig 109.
Height 32 cm (12.5”); Width 32 cm (12.5”)
This figure is in excellent condition.
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