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Named in reference to the ancient marble quarry on the Greek island of Parros, parian has a higher proportion of feldspar than conventional porcelain, resulting in a vitrified biscuit body that resembles white statuary marble. Stylish and affordable, parian statuary and hollowware were extremely popular household ornaments in the mid-nineteenth century. This vase (one of a pair, 47.90.33) was likely made by the United States Pottery Company, which exhibited parian to great acclaim at the 1853 New York Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York.

Credit: Gift of Dr. Charles W. Green, 1947...

Parian porcelain
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