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CROWN DEVON PORCELAIN BOX – CAPO-di-MONTE & PARIS PORCELAIN FIGURINES – LENCI PORCELAIN DOLL

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CROWN DEVON PORCELAIN BOX

This mark is included under our "CROWNS" Shape category and is listed as S. FIELDING & Co., also known as CROWN DEVON. Since you now know the name of the company, please use our NAME SEARCH for Fielding to see other marks they used and also read a brief Fact Sheet on the company. Your lovely Porcelain Box dates ca 1900 - 1910.


ITALIAN PORCELAIN FIGURINE

Your lovely Masked Lady Figurine is indeed marked with a 20thC imitation of the original Capo di Monte (GINORI) trademark. Please use our NAME SEARCH for Capo di Monte to see many versions, including the original marks and several fakes.

On the same page, you will also find a brief Fact Sheet on the company. Since your item is also marked with the Country of Origin, which was required only after 1891, we know that it is not older than that.

We also know it is not Ernst Bohne (Germany), who also uded a Crowned N mark nor a recent Chinese import. Based on that and also the fairly sophisticated workmanship that went into modeling this piece, our opinion is that it was made by NUOVA CAPODIMONTE You will find more information on this company by using our NAME SEARCH for Nuova Capodimonte. In this case, your example dates ca 1950s - 1980s and appears to be a nice souvenir from Venice, where there is an annual Masked Ball for the public and everyone dresses up in old Baroque or Renaissance styled costumes to commemorate the event


CYPRUS PATTERN STAFFORDSHIRE PLATTER

The "CYPRUS" mark is the Pattern and this name is documented as having been used by three companies, namely Francis J. Emery, William Brownfield & Sons, and William Davenport & Co.. In your case, and although this particular mark is not documented in this exact format, we believe that it represents William Davenport & Co., primarily because it was the only company that had an "& Co." in their name and what we may interpret as an inverted anchor symbol within the mark.

Additionally, since there is no country of origin notation (required only after 1891), we know that your Staffordshire Platter dates ca 1830s - 1880s and is typical of items made in this style ca 19thC by many companies located in that region. To see marks used by William Davenport & Co. and read a brief Fact Sheet on the company, please use our NAME SEARCH for Davenport.


JAPAN TEAPOT & SAUCER

These are definitely Japanese. I believe that the Kanji characters read "Good Luck", a typical label on items made in Japan for domestic use or Export ca early to mid-20thC. The actual maker is not noted. The saucer appears to be in the KUTANI style. The Teapot is typical "Blue & White" Japanese, which was an inspiration for many European items made with similar decorative details.


TAMS WARE

This is a trademark used by JOHN TAMS & SONS, Ltd. from Longton, Staffordshire, UK. It dates ca 1930s - 1950s. You can see other marks they used and also read a brief Fact Sheet on the company by using our NAME SEARCH for Tams.


AUSTRIAN PORCELAIN FIGURINE

You will find this mark under our "ANIMALS" Shape Category. It is listed as HINRICH & Co., a US-based Importers on items from various countries of Europe. For faster viewing and since you now know the name of the company, please use our NAME SEARCH for Hinrich to see it along with other marks they used and read a brief Fact Sheet on the company. It dates ca 1891 - 1898. The original maker is rarely noted on their pieces.


PORCELAIN BIRD FIGURINE

There is no doubt that your lovely Porcelain Bird Figurine was made ca very late 19th or early 20thC. The word "FOREIGN" is usually found on items made outside the US (mostly Europe & Japan) during that period due to applicable Tariff Laws newly enacted at that time. Items imported to the US had to either note the country of origin or be marked with at least the word "Foreign" as a transitional notation. After early 1920s, the actual name of the country was required in is entirety. Furthermore, based on the style and fine workmanship of your item, I am practically certain that it was made in Germany. Although this particular Crowned C mark is not documented in this format for any company or studio in Germany, its overall characteristics indicate Bavarian origin, most likely from an unregistered smaller Porcelain Decorating Studio that purchased blanks from nearby factories and had them decorated for further distribution through Exporters and other Trading companies.


PARIS PORCELAIN PAIR OF FIGURINES

This lovely pair of figurines was made or modeled by JACOB PETIT, Paris, France, ca mid-19thC. Although Jacob Petit is well known for his exceptional quality and attention to detail on larger pieces, his Figurines tend to be a bit more "free-flowing" and almost whimsical. The "JP" initials were most often hand-scribed in blue and at times incised as on your items.


ITALIAN FIGURINE - PORCELAIN DOLL

The style of your lovely Figural Group is very clearly that of Artists that worked at either LENCI or ESSEVI. The initials noted on the piece match several Artists that had either MV or VM initials and because most Artists used similar techniques and decorative styles, it is very difficult to determine the actual Modeler. Yours was made ca 1940s - 1960s.


PORCELAIN BOX

This is a very nice hand-painted Porcelain Box with Hinged Lid and Brass edge finishes. The mark is an imitation of the very old SCEAUX trademark, which unfortunately has been copied and imitated for the last two or so centuries. Please use our NAME SEARCH for Sceaux to see some examples, including some fakes. I believe your item was made in France, probably by some smaller Studio in Limoges or elsewhere, and was sold through Gift Ware distributors or Dept. Stores. In our opinion, it dates ca 1960s - 1980s.



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