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We found this beautiful terracotta plant stand at a market in Belgium. The lady we purchased it from thought it was French and possible from the 1880.The bottom has a stamp U & C 620.
The piece is T 36 cm (14.25") x W 26 (10.25") and weights approx. 4 kilos ( 9LB)
If anyone can shine some light on this I would be appreciate it as always.
See 3 pictures attached.
Each figure underside is marked with an impressed U&C and an impressed number . This is the mark of J. Uffrecht & Co., used on siderolith and earthenware circa 1895, as identified in Robert Röntgen?s Marks on German, Bohemian and Austrian Porcelain, 1710 to the Present, revised ed., (Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 1997), at page 335. Uffrecht was a manufacturer of household earthenware pieces from 1855 until 1924 (when it merged with C. & E. Carstens, to become Carstens-Uffrecht).
Although molded siderolith pieces such as this are sometimes confused with majolica, siderolith is an earthenware composed of (usually terracotta) colored clay with an enameled (or sometimes varnished) coating -- rather than the light colored clays and tin-oxide glazes that are typical of continental majolica.
The text was copied from icollector.com when describing 19th Century U&C Uffrecht Statues from Germany.
I found one online identical but different color but they think the U&C stamp is probably Utzschneider & Cie circa 1900. I wonder if these are not the same company with a later name change.
Thanks for responding again and helping me figure these things out. It would be very hard without help from wonderful people like you!
Below is the link to the one I found at an auction house.
I did see the different names, it just seemed the other had a tighter back story. Your piece makes me think you found the better example...but you notice they did say "probably"...(?) Either way, you found it.
Sarreguemines pottery marks, used since 1835, by Utschneider, Digoin, Vitry-le-François and U & Cie.
I agree Molly!
See Link, your mark is that of J. Uffrecht & Co, Germany. Circa 1855 to 1924. Your mark is shown in the link. The number is the piece number or style.
BTW, those large leaves on your piece are called Acanthus.
Thanks for the info Tom!