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Monti, Raffaelle after (sculptor) [ULAN info: Italian sculptor 1818-81]
Parian porcelain, slip cast bust of 'The Bride'.
Parian porcelain, slip cast bust of 'The Bride'. The circular socle is made separately and is held to the bust by a brass screw, nut, and washer. The bride faces front and looks downwards. She has a veil over her head which falls down over her face and breast at the front, and over her shoulders at the back. It is held in place by a wreath of orange-blossom flowers tied at centre back with a bow.
Raffaele Monti (1818-81) specialized in carving marbles with illusionistic veils. The Bride was derived from the head of a full-length marble of a kneeling Veiled Vestal of 1847, which was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, and was acquired by the Duke of Devonshire. The parian version was first issued as a 2 guinea prize to Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art-Union subscribers in 1861
Stoke (factory) (place)
Staffordshire (factory) (county)
England (factory) (country)
English (factory) (nationality)
London (sculptor) (place) ()
England (sculptor) (country)
English (sculptor) (nationality)
Parian porcelain, slip cast.The circular socle is made separately and is held to the bust by a brass screw, nut, and washer.
height: (whole): 38
Crystal Palace Art Union was founded in 1858 by Thomas Battam jnr, who had formerly been director of Art Work for Copeland and Garrett. Unlike the other Art Unions it was a private company rather than a philanthropic scheme to promote art. Until 1864 it was based at Sydenham, in the Ceramic Court of the Crystal Palace. It was approved by the Board of Trade in 1858 but commenced its activities a year later. For a subscription of 1 guinea (or more), the subscribers could choose a piece of Parian from a list. The Bride, one of the most popular busts ever produced in Parian, was issued in 1861. In 1865 Battam died and the union changed its name to the Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art Union, and its offices moved from the Polytechnic Institute in Regent Street, to Castle Street, off Regent Street. Little is known of its activities after that time, although it appears to have continued until at least 1883.
C.7-1969 (Applied Arts)