19th century busts parian porcelain dating
Although Monsieur Duboy’s personal story is shrouded in mystery, his beautifully detailed porcelain sculptures still remain well worth looking at (and seeking out, if one’s budget allows!
In the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge there is this wonderful photograph of a Copeland parian bust, 'The Bride', from their collection.
Google search results often serve up unexpected things – for good or ill – and I had just such an occurrence earlier this year while looking for something completely unrelated.
It was a porcelain bust of an aristocratic lady, identified only as being by “Paul Duboy.” As often happens, one search leads to another and before long I was looking at quite a few other examples, all quite intricately decorated and completely unfamiliar to me.
Unfortunately no dimensions were given for either piece. ) looks when produced in the more intense colors and finished with a high glaze.
On the other hand, this lord and lady do look as if they were designed together. It’s interesting to see the very different effect between the white bisque and decorated versions.
At least one of the pieces in this auction listing does appear from the photo to be one of the “plumed hat lady” busts shown above. Obviously if these were actual Duboy pieces they should have been marked as such. Another example, this time from one of the “annoyed peasant girl” busts.
This one suggests that the “sc.” in the other format may be a further-abbreviated form of “sculp(tor)”.So I did what any good Googler would do, which was to research the name.Unfortunately Google promptly fell down on the job and provided only the sketchiest of background.He is not the same person as another Paul Duboy (also spelled Dubois) of roughly the same era (1829-1905) who worked in bronze and was also an architect; he, on the other hand, does have a Wiki page.But whatever his life story, he certainly produced some interesting things. This bust is very similar but on examination it differs in several respects.They are 22″ high and have an ornate heraldic device on their bases.