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The Parastone studio continuously works on new and surprising ideas and designs.

10/04/2024

Jacky Zegers, unique copies

Together with Parastone, Jacky has developed a new pattern. This pattern has been applied to the figures with a challenging new technique. A thin film with the pattern is placed on a bath of water, after which the film is dissolved with a chemical, leaving only the ink on the water. When the figurine is now immersed in the bath, the ink remains on the figurine. After the drying process, the sculpture is varnished, provided with white feet, felt pads and an understamp. All copies are unique, you won’t find two of them the same! Labor-intensive but definitely worth it. We are happy with the result and hope you will be too. (JZP17 – 17,5 cm., JZP05 – 13 cm., JZP01 – 25 cm.)

27/12/2023

Mascarade, Venetian masks

Anonymous masks have traditionally been a crucial feature in Venetian Carnival, whose origins date back to the 12th century. In the rigid class hierarchy it developed into a feast of social satire where ones social background doesn’t count. The mask-makers (mascherari) even had their own guild and laws to abide by. The Venetians were allowed to wear masks for almost three month a year, from St. Stephans Day, December 26, until the last day of Carnival.
The collection has now been expanded, with masks in various
colors. (WU75066B, WU74136C, WU74139A, WU75130A, WU75052 – 30 / 34,5 cm.)

04/12/2023

Larva Convivalis

This miniature 1st-century Roman from the collection of the Getty Museum features round eye sockets and a wide, grinning mouth with large upper teeth. It was known to the Romans as larva convivalis, meaning banquet ghost. It was once made to (between courses of a meal) jump and dance and was a reminder of the brevity of human life and necessity of profiting from the short remaining time. In total, ten similar skeletons are known, one in silver, one in wood, and the remaining examples in bronze. The unanatomical rendering of the bones, a feature shared by all the skeletons, reveals that artists' lack of scientific accuracy. It was perhaps more important that the bony specters were lively and so the fluid fluid dancing movements of their mobile joints were emphasized. (ROM01 – h. 10 cm.)

06/10/2023

Museum and Dubout coasters

Our glass coasters are popular. New sets are now available from the artists Hokusai, Monet, Kandinsky and Mondrian, and of course Hieronymus Bosch should not be missing. Also available: glass coasters from the successful Dubout cats. And after a long time, the Van Gogh and Magritte sets are fortunately back in stock! (Ø 10 cm., set of 4 in metal holder, gift boxed with brochure)

11/09/2023

New Vases, Silhouette d’Art

-Klimt: Stoclet Frieze, the Tree of Life (1905). The symbolic tree of life is part of the decorative mosaic design in the dining room frieze of the 'Palais Stoclet' in Brussels. – Botticelli: the Birth of Venus (approx. 1486). The story has it that Botticelli was in love with Simonetta, Nobleman Marco Vespucci’s wife, his entire life. It is her that Venus was based on. She died ten years before Botticelli who, at his own request, was buried at her feet in the church of Ognissanti. – Escher: Sky and Water (1938). After 1936, Eschers realistic style and subject matter changed profoundly, when he drew the first of his famous ‘impossible realities’. Fascinated by the majolica tiling in the Alhambra, he became obsessed by the ideas that form the basis of the regular division of the plane, such as the crystallographic principles of shifting, glide- reflection and rotation. – Beardsley: "Lady in long dress". At the age of seven Beardsley was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which many see as a possible explanation for his unbridled urge to express himself. Without any education in arts he developed his passionate style of drawing, averse to the social and political equalization, and not being socially engaged as many of his contemporaries. (SDA46 Klimt – h. 28 cm. / Ø 12 cm., SDA47 Botticelli – h. 23.5 cm. / Ø 10 cm., SDA48 Escher – h. 27 cm. / Ø 10 cm., SDA49 Beardsley – h. 25.5 cm. / Ø 10 cm.)

25/08/2023

Man-eating fish

The gruesome hell is depicted on the right panel of the Haywain triptych. Under a bridge, over which the cursed souls meet their fate, a soul is eaten by a fish-like creature. The snake curling around the legs refers to sinful lust.

Hiëronymus, Jeroen for short, Bosch (ca. 1450 – 1516) was born during the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the Duchy of Brabant. Bosch places visionary images in a hostile world full of mysticism, with the conviction that the human being , due to its own stupidity and sinfulness has become prey to the devil himself. (JB32 – h. 7 cm.)

14/07/2023

Lot & Mina, Jacky Zegers

On clogs with blue and white dotted design, dog Lot and cat Mina, named after the grandparents of Jacky Zegers. For Jacky, these figures represent self-evident love. Available together as a set or separately. (JZ61 dog Lot – h. 20,5 cm., JZ60 cat Mina – h. 19 cm.)

05/06/2023

Forchino, The London Taxi

The skies over London were overcast. A few raindrops started to fall over Kensington. Ten minutes later, they had turned into an absolute downpour. Seeing Georges, Margaret and their dog Dickens at the last minute, the driver of the black cab tried to brake, but one of his wheels went into an enormous pothole full of water and soaked them. “Where to, then?” asked the cabbie. (FO85089 – h. 14 cm.)

26/05/2023

Spike and Suzy

Vitamitje is an invention of Professor Barabas in the comic series Spike and Suzy. It is a small car that runs on food (its name refers to vitamins). (SW132 – h. 13 cm.)

04/05/2023

L’ours blanc in silver color

Francois Pompon (1855 – 1933) was born in Saulieu in French Burgundy as the son of a carpenter. He attends classes at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts as well as at l’Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs. During his education he meets Pierre-Louis Rouillard, a sculptor of animal figures – who possibly became a source of inspiration for the work which would make him famous later on. In 1882 he marries Berthe Velain and he tries to build his own oeuvre. He ends up taking service with Rodin where he becomes head of his studio three years later. Pompon starts to focus more and more on animal figures, but his work remains unappreciated. Not until he is 67 years old does he get his final breakthrough with the exhibition of l’Ours Blanc in plaster at the Salon des artistes Français. (POMS11 – h. 18 cm. & POMS01 – h. 11 cm.)

15/03/2023

Atlas & David

In Greek mythology, Atlas « the carrier », is a Titan condemned to hold up the heavens or sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. Later, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains. David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, created by the Italian artist Michelangelo (1475 – 1564). New in the collection of bronzes! (WU77302 Atlas – h. 21 cm. & WU77357 David – h. 19 cm.)

31/01/2023

Nosybirds, Jos Brölmann

Nosybirds is created by Jos Brölmann. He lives in the middle of the cultural heart of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Working for many years in the international creative and marketing industry, close to design departments, he decided to use his creativity in contemporary art. His recognizable and colorful work can be found all over Europe and the US. In a series of his paintings, Jos created an animated character which increased the impact of the message in his work. He named his characters Nosybirds and the paintings proved popular in exhibitions and online. (NOBI01 Look Up – h. 13 cm., NOBI02 Follow – h. 12,5 cm. & NOBI03 Review – h. 17,5 cm.)