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

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.)

27/12/2022

Magritte, le Thérapeute

The Healer, 1967, reflects a number of themes typical of Magritte's work, such as the extraordinary within the ordinary, the surprising, the unexpected and the mystery. Via Le Thérapeute Magritte brought to life a figure that had already featured on several occasions in his oeuvre. However, this sculpture is based on a photograph dating from 1937 entitled God on the Eighth Day [Dieu, le huitième jour]. For this particular sculpture he made a plaster cast of an existing person, from which he used certain pieces. The bird cage is also a copy of a real one. (MAG07 – h. 20,5 cm.)

19/12/2022

Maillol, L’Air

In 1938, the city of Toulouse in southern France commissioned Aristide Maillol to commemorate the pilots of the airmail service, l'Aéropostale, who had been killed in the line of duty. Its form was initially inspired by a small terra cotta sculpture Maillol had made several decades earlier depicting a reclining figure resting on wind-blown drapery. The artist often used the female form to symbolize aspects of nature like the sea, the seasons, and even a subject as exlusive as air. (MAI01 – h. 13 cm.)

14/12/2022

Surpise!

The Dubout cat keeps surprising us! (DUB82 – h. 6 cm.)

07/12/2022

Jacky Zegers

Colourful art that makes you smile. Jacky makes art with just one purpose, to let us experience pleasure and happiness. (JZ19 giraffe Willem – h. 71 cm., JZ18 dog Natcho – h. 20 cm.)

05/12/2022

Forchino, The Barista

An enticing smell of coffee floated in the air of the bar “La Belle Epoque”. John Zahno, the bartender, always bragged about being the best barista in the whole city. (FO85553, the Barista – h. 44 cm.)

17/11/2022

Museum Gifts

A nice addition to the collection of paperweights, from artists such as Degas, Rodin and Gaudi. (s.a. PDEG2, PROD1, PMON2 & PGAU1, glass h. 3,5 cm. / Ø 8 cm.)

11/11/2022

Discobolus

The Discobolus of Myron is an Ancient Greek sculpture completed at the start of the Classical period at around 460–450 BC. The sculpture depicts a youthful male athlete throwing a discus. The bronze Greek original is lost. The work is known through its numerous Roman copies, both full-scale ones in marble, which is cheaper than bronze, such as the first to be recovered, the Palombara Discobolus, and smaller scaled versions in bronze. (WU71978 – h. 27 cm.)