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Walter, I need help identifying and pricing a couple pieces of italian porcelain. The term capiodimonte kept being used as I inherited them from my grandmother, but I read your article about how that is a convoluted term and company history. So I am kindly asking for your opinion on these two pieces as to worth / rarity as I have no clue and would like to sell them.. Thank you. Photos attached.image1.jpgimage2.jpgimage3.jpgimage4.jpg
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.
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...
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 That law was never rescinded and, as a matter of fact, a recent new Italian regulation known as the Reguzzoni-Versace Law has enhanced the regulation and requires that the term "Made In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
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
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
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
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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