Searching for Porcelain & Pottery (138)
The first reproduction of Wedgwood's Victorian era pineapple and fruit majolica umbrella holder was shown in ACRN, October, 1996. Now another copy has been made in the same pattern with some improvements.
A fantasy Limoges backstamp has just starting appearing on porcelain reproductions made in China. The new backstamp, is in gold.
This 16 vase with Art Noveau nude is back in the market this time with a fake Royal Dux mark. It first appeared in 1997 with a fake Roseville mark.
The latest Nippon reproductions to hit the market are much more difficult to identify than previous fakes and copies. Many new pieces are now direct copies of old shapes and original patterns. The vast majority of previous reproductions carried look-alike Nippon marks that were relatively easy to identify and warned buyers of an items recent manufacture. Japan
Six new majolica pitchers have recently been introduced by a New York based importer. They range in height from 5-6 and are decorated in period colors of bright blue, green, mauve, rose and yellows. Like original Victorian majolica, patterns of the new are also based on motifs from nature. These include a heron, flowers, ferns and snail shells. New pieces are slip cast and have holes on the inside where handles join the pitcher.
Whoever thought up this reproduction was very creative. It is a 12 x 18 bucket-like shape with molded handles and decorated with a large full color transfer. The label itself, "Pure Milk", tells you is not a genuine country antique.
The original Hillbilly Frog cookie jar was made by Brush Pottery Company in 1969. It is believed less than 100 were made which have once been valued at around $4,000. The original mold was sold in 1992 to a potter who made 75-80 jars. These reissues are also highly sought after and once were valued at $650-$750. A third version is a low quality reproduction made since 1992 which sold for about $25.
The so-called "Delft" plaques and plates like the ones in Figs. 1 & 2 can be found everywhere. From booths in "quality controlled" paid admission antique shows to displays on the hoods of pickup trucks near goats and pumpkins at flea markets.
This new reddish brown clay paperweight was recently purchased in a Midwest antique mall. The top has the impressed profile of Chief Sleepy Eye (Fig. 1) which was the trademark of Sleepy Eye Flour, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Teepee designs ring the sides (Fig. 7) and on the bottom a Western Stoneware Co. mark (Fig. 8).
Duxer Porzellanmanufaktur, or Dux Porcelain Manufactory, was started in 1860 by Eduard Eichler in what was then Duchov, Bohemia. The high quality pottery and porcelain figures produced there are now generally referred to by the abbreviated name, "Royal Dux."