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Walter Del Pellegrino
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Walter Del Pellegrino replied to David Enders's discussion English Piece in the group Whadja Find Today
"REPLICA. THESE PIECES WITH NO DETAILS ON THE BACKSIDE ARE KNOWN AS “FLAT BACK” STAFFORDSHIRE WARES. ORIGINALLY THEY WERE made with flat backs so that they could be set on top of narrow fireplace mantles and still have some room to spare.…"
Jun 16
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to Jason Skibell's discussion Enlighten Me in the group Whadja Find Today
"Are you sure about the price tag? Is it U.S dollars or Italian Lira? The Italian economy has been in turmoil since the end of World War and stability to the Italian Monetary system didn’t happen until the adaptation of the Euro in 2002. From…"
Jun 12
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to AK Scofield's discussion Pottery trash or treasure? in the group Whadja Find Today
"The "F over F" mark tells me your bowl was produced by FRATELLI  FANCIULLACCI (The Fanciullacci Brothers) of Montelupo Florentine. The company was created in 1862 and and closed in 1988. They produced various products ranging…"
Apr 22
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to GENE SCOTT CAFFEY's discussion HELP IDENTIFYING THE NAME OF THE POTTERY in the group Whadja Find Today
"From Dedham Potter ( Dedham Pottery was produced by the Robertson family in Dedham, Massachusetts between 1896 and 1943. Actually they made a similar product in Chelsea, MA between 1891 and 1895 called…"
Apr 15
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to katherina martindale's discussion what is this in the group Whadja Find Today
"String Holder - Made in Japan (note Japanese script) circa 1950"
Feb 15
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to Dana T Thramann's discussion Art on porcelain, authenticity in the group Whadja Find Today
"As already noted the plaque is not an antique. Nor was made in Vienna and it isn't porcelain. The piece was made in Asia within the last five or ten years and was made specifically to fool collectors or at least "would-be" collectors…"
Dec 27, 2016
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to Pamela Joyce Silva's discussion Would like to help a friend identify some beautiful swords in the group Whadja Find Today
"Known as the Highlander Katana set. These are modern swords based on the design of the Katana seen on the popular TV series "The Highlander" starring Adrian Paul. The three piece set generally sells for $150 to $200. The handles and…"
Dec 2, 2016
Walter Del Pellegrino replied to Mark D Swartz's discussion Sculpture and Treasures at the Salvation Army Store in Virginia in the group Whadja Find Today
"I own a resin copy of the head of Mary as carved by Michelangelo. It was cast from the original Pieta and created exclusively for the Metropolitan Museum of art. It has a flat back for hanging on a wall but otherwise it is life-sized. It weighs…"
Dec 1, 2016

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At 3:16pm on April 11, 2015, Keith Jennings said…

Dear Walter,

A friends mother passed away 30 years ago and left several interesting pieces behind. One was this porcelain urn. Any ideas on age or origin? Thank you for your help.

Best regards,


At 8:15am on June 10, 2014, Keith Jennings said…

Dear Walter,

Thank you for looking at the vase and posting your opinion. I guess the vase is destined to remain a mystery for a while longer. Ruling out Italy helps though...


At 6:52am on June 10, 2014, Walter Del Pellegrino said…

The vase is gorgeous. It certainly appears to be a quality of lusterware equal to the old masters of Italian maiolica. This kind of metallic glaze is probably the most difficult to create because of the great skill required in controlling both the proper amount of metal oxides in the glaze and the high temperature muffle kiln.

The fact that it is unmarked has me extremely puzzled. Without looking at the bottom I would say that the vase screams "Italian maiolica, 1920's Art Deco" and perhaps "Gio Ponti" but it doesn't bear the word "Italy" and therefore its extremely unlikely it was made in Italy.

In the 1920's the Fascists government of Italy required that all products, especially those intended for export, had to be marked "Italy". That law was never rescinded and, as a matter of fact, a recent new Italian regulation known as the Reguzzoni-Versace Law has enhanced the regulation and requires that the term "Made In Italy" be affixed to all textiles,leather goods and footwear whether or not the products are intended for export or for domestic sale in Italy. The regulation will soon be enhanced to encompass all products made in Italy. Art pottery studios, which number in the thousands are and have always been exempt from the rule but ceramic artists almost always sign their pieces or leave their trademark and most have always included the word "Italy" or the town where they made (i.e. - Deruta, Faenza, Albisola, etc). 

While I can't answer your question I think you can rule out Italy as the country of origin


At 10:05pm on June 9, 2014, Keith Jennings said…

I have wondered what this faience pottery vase was for many years, can you solve the mystery for me. It is tin glazed earthenware, decorated with arabesque trees, hounds and stags. There are no marks. The tan colored glaze on the stags and hounds has an oily, iridesent sheen, the blue parts of the glaze look spattered. The body of the vase was hand-thrown on a wheel, not molded. Thank you for any help! Keith

At 3:17am on May 9, 2014, kathy park said…

hi Walter when you have a gap can you look here - if anyone can help more on this one you would be the one i am sure

At 3:58am on February 21, 2014, kathy park said…

thanks Walter that makes more sense (especially the Chinese copies) i appreciate the help and info very much and enjoy the reading up

best regards kath

At 7:33am on February 20, 2014, kathy park said…

Hi Walter - hope you are well - i keep meaning to show you this figurine i got - just kept forgetting , so here (at last) are some pics :)

have a great week kath

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At 8:19am on May 19, 2010, barbara cherry said…
I do have more pic of the artwork, and some of the signed names on it too, im trying to add them today, i picked up about 20 or so of these artwork, from someone who came or family came from frances or roman. The person who sold this artwork to me owned a pizza place here in Indiana and his mother sent them to him from their country.I only payed 20.00 for the large artwork, and 5.00 for the small and med artwork, i have alot of them too and i dont know anything about them, Thank you for the information on them.
At 5:25pm on January 16, 2010, Jessie McCrea said…
Hi Walter. Thank you for accepting my friend request.

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