Shane Ridge’s aim for the Mardi Gras Series was to create dramatic and contemporary sculptures with movement and interaction. He achieved this energy with the way Diego’s outstretched arm appears to embrace his partner, Carmen HN4964 when the two are placed together.
Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French and refers to the final day of the Carnival period before the start of Lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated all around the world and in America it is associated with the state of Louisiana, which was settled by the French at the turn of the 18th century. Over the years, the parades and traditions of Mardi Gras have become legendary. Royal Doulton sculptor Shane Ridge has created all the figures for the Carnival Collection.
Royal Doulton’s limited edition Prestige figures exemplify the highest quality, craftsmanship, and artistry in figure making. More than just collectables, Prestige figures are genuine works of art that can take months to create and decorate in detail. Each piece is handmade to order by the Royal Doulton artisans in England. Each limited edition is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity, and the moulds are broken once an edition is fully produced..