Parian ware is porcelain introduced around1840 by Copeland & Garrett in England in imitation of Sèvres biscuit (fired but unglazed porcelain). Its name is derived from its resemblance to Parian marble. Many figures of various sizes were made in this medium. Most of them consist of either sentimental subjects or classical nudes which were popular in Victorian art.
We have a small collection (above and below) of parian figures on the ebonized desk in the master bedroom - including two Bennington hand vases.
These two large figures (below) belonged to Eric's mother. They are not parian.