Copeland Parian Ware Bust titled 'Love' sculpted by Raffaelle Monti, dated 1871, produced for the Crystal Palace Art Union.
Height: 33cm (13 inches)
A beautifully sculpted Parian ware bust titled 'Love' designed as an etherial looking girl with a beguiling smile, her head turned to the left and tendrils of hair falling over her left shoulder, with a rose spray tied across her bodice.
Stamped to reverse: ‘R Monti, Sept 1871. Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art Union, Copeland Copyright Reserved’.
An example of this bust was exhibited at the International Exhibition, London 1872 (see image photographed by William England for the London Stereoscopic Company).
The Crystal Palace Art-Union was founded by Henry Battam of Copeland's in Staffordshire, England in 1858. Its special purpose 'was to produce and circulate pure and beautiful examples of British Art Manufacture.’ In 1865 it was renamed the Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art-Union. Raffaelle Monti (1818–1881) was an Italian sculptor, author and poet born in Milan who was trained by his father, the noted sculptor Gaetano Matteo Monti. He was invited to Vienna for 2 years while aged only 20 and in 1846 travelled to England for a year, but later settled there. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, and soon earned recognition as a leading sculptor with his piece for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, the "Veiled Vestal" a figure with an illusionistic veil, a specialism of his. A bust based on this work, cast in Parian porcelain by Copeland titled "The Bride", but often known as "The Veiled Bride", became one of the most popular Parian busts ever produced.
For further reading on Parian Ware see 'The Parian Phenomenon, A survey of Victorian Parian Porcelain Statuary & Busts' ISBN0 903685 22 1