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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    1847 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, John, born 1811 - died 1895 (sculptor)
    Minton (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Parian ware

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case L, shelf 3

Physical description

'Parian ware' statuette of Dorothea (a character in the story of Don Quixote). A female figure disguised as a boy and seated on a rock with a bundle and her shoes beside her feet.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


1847 (made)


Bell, John, born 1811 - died 1895 (sculptor)
Minton (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Parian ware

Marks and inscriptions

'JOHN BELL FS' and an ermine-spot, in relief on a shaped applied panel


Height: 35.4 cm, Length: 19 cm, Width: 17.3 cm

Object history note

Obtained from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street.

Descriptive line

Statuette of Dorothea, 'Parian ware', after a statue by John Bell, made by Minton & Co. for Summerly's Art manufacturer, Stoke-on-Trent, 1847.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Starcky, Emmanuel, Napoleon III et la reine Victoria: une visite à l’Exposition universelle de 1855, Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2008.

Production Note

After a statue by John Bell. Made for Summerly's Art manufacturer.


Parian (porcelain)

Subjects depicted

Figures; Rock


Ceramics; Parian ware; Great Exhibition


Ceramics Collection

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