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An attractive Copeland Parian figure of the nymph Sabrina, modelled seated on a rock in a stream with fish swimming among water plants, and a shell at her feet. Sculpted by W Calder Marshall, and dating from c1850. Impressed marks to the back 'Marshall Fect', ‘SC’ and 'COPELAND'. Copeland showed this figure at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
This figure is illustrated in the Parian Phenomenon” page 143 figure 496 and in Robert Copeland’s book “Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain” page 175 fig S150.
Sabrina is a character in John Milton's poem Comus, and inside the base is a clearly legible quote from the poem. The quote is
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
The loose train of thy amber dripping hair
Listen for dear honour's sake
Goddess of the silver lake
Listen and save'
Height 30cm (12").
This figure is in very good condition. There are two very short (5mm and 2mm) faint firing faults at the front base and a firing flaw to the lower left leg.