Plaque: Portrait of a Woman by Paul César Helleu

The plaque shows a contemporary lady outdoors with a background in the Japanese manner.


67 x 36.5 x 2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£12,500 ( Total: £25,000)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

It seems to be influenced by the work of Manet (who exhibited a series of ladies against decorative backgrounds in the 1880s) and Tissot (who depicted the everyday life of Parisian women). Helleu worked for the ceramicist, Theodore Deck who re-created the Persian techniques of faience glazing which leads to a slightly blurred effect in the glaze.

Artists include


Private collection; Christie's, 1995; private collection, London.

Venue details

The Bowes Museum Newgate, BARNARD CASTLE County Durham DL12 8NP 01833 690606

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £14.00)

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan