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A striking Parian bust of Apollo which is a copy of the marble bust 'Apollo Belvedere' by C. Delpech, now in the British Museum. It was commissioned by the Art Union of London, an organisation established in 1836 for the encouragement of British artists and the improvement of public taste. The marble bust is itself a copy of the head of the Apollo Belvedere or Apollo of the Belvedere—also called the Pythian Apollo— which is a marble sculpture in the Vatican museums. The Vatican figure is thought to be a Roman copy of an earlier Greek bronze statue.
The bust of Apollo was made by a number of Parian manufacturers. This unmarked bust, dating from the 2nd half of C19th and fixed to the socle with a bolt, is possibly by Worcester based on the size and the appearance of the porcelain. The Parian Phenomenon has a picture of the Worcester version from the Worcester Shape book on page 207, fig 682. An example with Art Union markings by Brown-Westhead, Moore and Co is on p 240, fig 797. The Copeland version of the bust is illustrated on page 198 of Roberts Copeland’s book “Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain”, fig B2.
Height 28cm (11”)