Copeland Parian Ware Bust 'Princess Alexandra' Sculpted by Mary Thornycroft 1883 for the Art Union of London
Height: 37cm (14.5inches)
This elegant bust designed as Princess Alexandra, a Scarab broach acorn and oak leaves to the front of her bodice.
Impressed Marks: W T Copeland, Art Union of London Mary Thornycroft sc 1863
Thornycroft created numerous busts and statues for Queen Victoria, chiefly of the royal children. The drawing-room at Osborne House contained nine life-size marble statues of the young princes and princesses that were modeled by Thornycroft. She also executed a number of busts of private individuals, as well as a few ideal statues. Among the latter is her well-known figure of a 'Skipping Girl'. Most of her works were portraits of the royal children that were commissioned by Queen Victoria.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark married Albert Edward, Prince of Wales in 1863 when she was eighteen years old and this bust was made following that event. She became Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress consort of India in 1901 when Albert Edward ascended the English throne as King Edward VII following the death of Queen Victoria.
An example Illustrated "The Parian Phenomenon" page 181
Also inParian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain” Robert Copeland pages 237/238