A rare Copeland Parian bust of Princess Alice by Mary Thornycroft for the Art Union of London 1879.
Princess Alice was the second daughter and third child of Queen Victoria. She was an ancestor of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Mary Thornycroft sculpted a number of statues of some of Royal children for the Queen, as did other sculptors. The Queen’s house on the Isle of Wight, Osbourne House, still contains bronze or marble originals and Parian versions. This bust was originally sculpted in 1862. According to the references below thirty copies were produced for the Art Union of London in 1879 after the Princess’s death in late 1878.
This bust is illustrated in the “Parian Phenomenon” page 181 fig 590 and in Robert Copeland’s book “Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain” page 238 fig R12.
Height: 40cm (15¾“)
This rare bust is in good condition. It has a flake off the front of the “name plate” (her right) and a chip to the top of the socle at the rear. The inscription on the rear appears to have been rubbed with a pencil. Otherwise perfect.